A few days of that and the Muffin Man and I were exhausted to say the least. Of course, I had prepared for this moment in our lives by educating myself on several Chinese history eras. I had taken Mandarin. This might be another reason why the change was so hard for us. Had I to do it over again, I might have put down Mao's little red book and picked up something more along the lines of attachment bonding in institutionalized children. Lessons learned.
While we were in China dear travel mates showed up at our room at one point. They were experienced parents and were convinced they could calm our baby. They tried, and Ava screamed harder rejecting their attempt to cuddle her, as she rejected us. As they left our room walking out our hotel room Mr. dear travel mate said to me, "This too shall pass and she will be skipping off to kindergarten before you know it."
I'll never forget the sight of him walking out that door, leaving us to again attempt to calm our beloved baby. I couldn't imagine he would be right. The thought of kindergarten seemed about as close as the possibility of us boarding a rocket ship.
But he was right. Now that baby walked through our front door and is starting 4th grade. Her baby sister, is now the kindergartener. And, for the first time in 9 years the house is quiet from 7:45am to 3pm.
And there it is. One of life's biggest milestones met, wearing a backpack as big as she is while wearing a pink dress.