We’ve read all the reports we can get our hands on about Zucchini and Carrot’s well-being, growth, development, and mental health.
But, the reports won’t tell you how eager Zucchini is to live with her brother and sister. Only watching her walk into our house, saying “I’ve been looking forward to this all week!” will tell you that.
The reports say she has trouble attaching, but I saw a little girl, hold my hand, give us side hugs, and ask, “when your tenant moves out, do you think I could have a room upstairs?”
[yes, sweet girl, that’s the plan. As we fought back tears.]
The reports certainly won’t mention how she looks for connection and tries to understand everything around her. How perceptive she is to notice that Croi looks like her grandma (from a photo taken in 1934.) That she could see that my gram looked “pretty”, from a black and white photo taken when she was 15.
And, the reports certainly won’t tell you about her dry humor! Cooking dinner together, she mentioned she really liked to cook and that we could open a cafe together. I asked what it would be called, and first she said, “Zucchini’s Cafe,” then our last names, “Patch-Hora” Cafe. Then, she thought for a moment, and put our names together, and came up with “Normal.”
That’s exactly my family’s tongue-in-cheek humor.