Today was our last visit with Max. When we arrived we asked a couple kids and they told us Max was in the cafeteria. We walked into the building and found our son at a table by himself, finishing his soup. He immediately jumped up and gave both of us big hugs. Doug told him to finish his soup and we would wait for him outside.
Today, the weather was around 70 degrees, so we sat outside on a bench outside and waited. Max came bounding out, and again gave us big hugs. He tends to lean into mean and put his head against me much like you expect a young boy to do.
Doug and I explained that tomorrow we will have court and then head for home. We had to explain him that although tomorrow a judge would deem us his parents, he would need to stay in Ukraine for a while longer. We could tell that he was visibly upset, but my young man has seen enough pain in his life, he has learned to take it in stride and internalize the pain. It is so hard to watch. He was more worried about Mama crying and being upset. We reminded him how much we love him.
We played several rounds of Uno, one which lasted a REALLY long time, laughed, and had a good time. Soon enough it was time to leave. And Mama started crying. Leaving my boy behind....again. I pray that Max knows how much we love him and how important he is to us. We will come back for him, to bring him home-forever.
Tomorrow will be a whirl-wind of activity. We have court at 9:20am. Our facilitator is picking us up at 8:30. After court we plan to go see Elijah. At 4:30pm our train leaves for the capital city. We will arrive in Kiev at 10:30pm. Friday morning our flight leaves Kiev at 6:30am--headed for home.
Though this trip has been long, I can truthfully say there are many things I love about this country. There are many people I treasure that call Ukraine home.