A WEEK FOR MY SISTER, JIAMEI
- •So today is the first day of National Adoption Week, and no other 'week' could be closer to my heart (yes, that includes last week's Chocolate Week), blimey that's a lot of 'week's in one sentence.. ANYWAY...
- •Without adoption, I wouldn’t have the best sister in the entire world. I wouldn’t have a best friend and I wouldn’t have someone who says she’s going to buy me loads of pugs if she ever gets rich. I wouldn't have Jiamei.
- •Here we are on 8th December 1997- the day she completed our family
- •It breaks my heart every time I think of her being left, just a few DAYS old, outside a police station in a rural town near Changsha. The only thing that lets me push this thought to the back of my mind is the fact that we were able to scoop up this chubby-cheeked bubba into our family through adoption.
- •Having an adopted sister is sometimes weird- I used to think that everyone had to go on planes to get their babies. People give us confused looks when Jia and I say we’re sisters, teachers didn’t think we were related despite being two Goldsmiths, I also get asked if Jia knows she’s adopted…
- •As you can see from this photo, we look super similar.
- •Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a blood-related sibling. Would we look like each other? Would we have similar characteristics? Would we be close? Would they have the same annoyingly thick, curly hair and pale skin that I do?
- •But then I look at Jia and realise I REALLY DON’T CARE! I would so much rather have her and a million other adopted siblings, even if they were all as (sometimes) loud, (occasionally) bossy and (every now and then) hurricane-like. (soz Chob)
- •she cute doe
- •I don’t really know why I'm writing this, as it’s not like you’re all going to go out and adopt a ton of kids, but what I do know is that there are currently between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide.
- •In other words, there are hundreds of millions of children in this world who don’t know their mum and dad, or their birthday, or their hometown, they may not be loved. Doesn’t that suck?
- •Something that really struck me when we went back to Jia’s orphanage in 2007 was meeting a woman there who was still parentless. At the age I am now, she was still an orphan. Imagine seeing families come and go, but none of them ever coming for you.
- •I don't tend to broadcast my feelings and most people probably view me as a pretty passive person, but adoption is a topic that GETS. TO. ME.
- •"Having children" shouldn’t just mean "giving birth" as it predominantly does now, it should mean adopting too. There are too many children without families in this world for adoption to be overlooked simply because it’s seen as a back-up plan.
- •I LOVE YOU CHOB, YOU ARE THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO US. (that includes the day you get me them pugs)