Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How Addison Crossed the Road

Our little Addison always makes us chuckle. Take the picture above, for example. If you tell her "deng wo," she'll roll her eyes at you. Loosely translated, deng wo means glare at me. Again, sometimes we encourage the children to do things that are probably parentally inappropriate, but they make us laugh and we can't help ourselves.

In an entirely unrelated bit of cuteness, Addison has been amusing us with her new walking habit. Addison recently learned to walk, and now she really goes! This girl does not want to slow down, but evidently she also fell one too many times in the process of learning. As a result, she's incredibly careful with any perceived roadblocks in her way. If she comes up to a step, she'll get down on her hands and knees and crawl over it.

The other day, all of the children were going on a walk, and Addison was happily toddling along in front of the group. All of a sudden she came upon a painted line in the road. She stopped short of the line and stood there eyeing it. One of our staff members encouraged her to keep going, but she wouldn't budge. In fact, all the rest of the children passed by and she still waited. Our staff member wasn't sure why she wasn't moving, and so she encouraged Addison once more to keep walking.

Addison got down on her hands and knees, crawled over the line, and promptly stood up to run and catch up with the group. Now we've noticed that anytime she sees anything that might possibly impede her progress -- whether it is a step, a painted line, a transition from grass to cement, or a crack in the sidewalk -- she insists on crawling over it! We know it won't be long until she grows out of this quirky little habit, but for now we think it is quite cute!


  1. Oh how cute!! My little girl was like that too when she learnt to walk-even shadows on the pavement were a potential obstacle! Addison sounds like such fun to have around:-)

  2. How adorable! I love love love how you chronicle the lives of these precious kids while they wait for their families. What a gift to them and their families! I would love to bring an armful of them home, but I have to trust in my Father's plans and know that He cares for each of these young ones so much more than I will ever be able to fathom.

  3. you should have seen what her and Adam did to their room while they were "taking a nap." I don't think she likes to nap! Well they took out all the clothes from the drawers and threw them on the floor. All while still in their cribs!!!

  4. What a cutie!!! I can just imagine how cute it was when she crawled over the painted line!!!