We went up to meet Eliza’s friend from her orphanage today.
She was so excited.
We took all the kids with us.
At first, Eliza seemed so awkward.
But before long, she was talking and laughing with her old friend.
I was overwhelmed with how connected I felt to her. She sat with the kids at the table next to us, and I felt so proud of her.
My heart was right there with her as she visited with this friend who was a part of her life before me.
And I realized something.
I am very attached to Eliza now.
All the days I have poured myself into loving and teaching this precious child has changed something inside of me.
Eliza is woven into the fabric of my heart, and I am not complete without her anymore.
She is, indeed, my daughter.
It reminds me of this famous quote from The Little Prince.
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
My dear Eliza has tamed me.
She is unique in all the world to me.
And I have come to need her sweet presence in my life.