Meilee is a precious little girl whom I met for the first time in February 2011 during last year’s Teacher Training. All of the children were adorable, but there was something about this sweet girl that pulled at my heart. A bit shy and tentative at first, she quickly warmed up to us and was one of the first children to greet us each day as we arrived at her orphanage. Ever so respectful of her teachers, she eagerly participated in all activities and always followed directions, even when some of her more rambunctious classmates were more concerned with entertaining the American teachers.
Meilee was always found playing with her two little girlfriends. They shared a classroom, and when the school day ended, they shared a bedroom. These girls were three peas in a pod.
Once I returned from that life changing trip, I was eager to help the children left behind. Another LWB coordinator and I requested that the files of some of the children we had met be prepared for adoption. Meilee’s file was one that the Director was eager to begin working on. I was thrilled to finally find out that Meilee’s paperwork had been submitted! During this time I was working on adopting one of the other little girls from her orphanage. In December of 2011, I was able to bring home my own little girl, one of those “three peas in a pod.” When we visited her orphanage, I was so excited to see some of the children whom I had met the previous February. Meilee was one of the first children to greet us, and she and my new daughter just hugged and hugged her when they saw each other. They had only been apart for a few days, but I could tell that they had a strong bond and already missed each other terribly.
As my daughter’s English has begun to emerge, not a day goes by that she does not ask for “my Meilee.” She misses her friend so very much, and while I am not able to bring her into my family, I hope to share a little bit about this precious girl so that others will recognize that bright light that she can bring to a forever family.
Meilee loves playing outdoors, and the warm spring and summer months in Fujian give her ample opportunity for sunshine and fresh air! In fact, hot, hotter, and humid best describe Fujian in these months. Running around and climbing on the playground equipment are just some of Meilee’s favorite activities. She loves listening to stories during story time. Art is another winner in this little girl’s opinion. It is not unusual to find her coloring a picture or creating some masterpiece with paint and glue. This dear girl also adores school! In fact, her teachers write, “Meilee loves school, and we love having Meilee in school!” What a great combination. She is an eager student with a love of learning. She readily engages in classroom lessons and works hard at her academics.
Quiet by nature, I feel Meilee has a lot of potential if placed with a caring and devoted forever family. I know that my daughter would be forever grateful to know that her best friend has a home to call her own. Her tenth birthday is quickly approaching. Won’t you consider giving her the best birthday gift ever?
~Michelle Mugavero is LWB’s EducationTraining Coordinator
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