The day we picked up Sunny in PingTung, I really was expecting trouble. Unexpectedly, she came with us happily and did not look back.
We have been Sunny's family for exactly one week, even if we did not arrive home until three days ago. Even upon arrival and despite the 12 hour time difference she was wonderful, sleeping all night right away, playing with her siblings, even telling off Amelia a time or two in Mandarin. The body language said everything we could not understand-- it was amusing, if not telling of the spitfire our Sunny can be. Last night Amelia and Sunny were put to bed at 9, and I could hear them giggling their way to sleep.
This morning though, Sunny was a different girl. Maybe the jet lag finally hit her. Perhaps the homesickness and reality finally hit her. It could just be the cold rainy New England June day shocked her. I think it is a combination of all three, because she has been one sad, tired little girl today.
While it is heartbreaking to see my little girl sad, I know it means she felt attachment to her previous home, and that she will grow an attachment to us, her new family. That is definitely a good thing! We just all need to have patience with her and each other as we show her our love, and use this opportunity to also teach Sunny of the love of Jesus.