Friday we were greeted at the orphanage with all sorts of whispers and nurses shuffle around. (John says I’m sugar coating it. He says that the gestapo was coming after us.) Our interpreter finally told us that they were not going to allow us to visit with our children in the room where we have been for almost a month. They told us that we might bring sickness into the orphanage and we would need to play in the hallway. Now the hallway is about 2 ft wide and has cold hard tile and no room to play at all. We were just stunned. All of a sudden there were issues with our shoes, our socks, pretty much our very existence- the bottom line was apparently we carry a large number of germs in our socks and our clothing, even though we shower daily and wear clean socks, and we might start an epidemic of some sort.
After a little interpreting, they allowed us to visit with the kids in the kitchen as long as we wore the flip flops they gave us, which are communal flip flops. John got a pink pair and I got a purple pair. We were also instructed not to touch anything… the tables the counters, etc.
As of today, we can only visit with the kids outside or in the “veranda” (which is basically a non-heated room with an enormous playpen in it). So (deep sigh), we trudge on. You’ll notice the kids have their coats on in our pictures from today… that’s due to the coldness in the room.
On a happier note, our kids are amazing! We love them to pieces and cannot wait to get them HOME!