Yanni, one of Jingju's little sisters from her orphanage, came to visit with her mother this weekend. Yanni has been home just a year and hasn't seen Jingju since last December when Jingju, Yanni, and Tessa had a reunion in New York City. These photos are of Jingju and Yanni building boats and then launching them at the museum where Jingju has been going to camp this summer. I've never seen Jingju so relaxed and natural playing with another child. There it was, the bond of sisterhood that held these girls together and defined their first family. How hard it must have been for them to say goodbye in China--to leave a family of sisters to follow a wish to have a family in which they would be daughters.
What joy, to see them today, sisters still, daughters now.