Departure Pictures & Happy Videos.
Some of the later pictures were taken by the chaperone after he went through security. The one with the kids eating McDonald’s at their layover kills me. His face is so sad.
My heart is heavy.
One of the girls from Igor’s orphanage said this morning that she was having trouble getting the iPod touch we gave him to connect to the internet, but Igor managed to send Tyler an email. All it said was, “I love you.” Hopefully once he gets back from his mysterious long trip home he will be able to write to us more. Ten year old boys aren’t the best at writing details or answering questions!
The girl also said that Igor just left the orphanage to go on a long trip home, but he will be back soon. I think (hope) she meant he’s going to visit his sick mom in the hospital. I’m a little surprised they would immediately take him to visit her, but that makes me happy for him if it’s correct. He took her a few small gifts. Red nail polish he picked for her at the store because he wanted to paint her nails and make her beautiful in the hospital, and a Happy Meal sized beanie baby dog.
His new orphanage is in a tiny town with only 1,000 people. It’s a farming village. It’s only a few hours from the capital of Ukraine, so despite being rural it’s not way out in the middle of nowhere. His orphanage only has 56 kids at it. That’s good, I think. (In comparison Tanya’s orphanage had 200 kids.) But being in such a rural area they don’t have a lot of resources like toilet paper. They don’t use any, or those who care will sometimes use pages of old books. They have scary squat toilet out houses.
Yet it seems their small orphanage has WiFi. The world is a funny place, isn’t it?
This is a video of Igor taking his first ever bubble bath recently. He was a little smelly because well, he doesn’t use toilet paper. (Nor does he flush, which is how we know he doesn’t wipe.) He insists on showering with his underwear on because that’s how they do it at the orphanage. We had this problem last time we hosted him too. So this time we got Spider-Man bubble bath and he didn’t understand what it was. Tyler forced him into the bathtub naked amid much protesting and pouting.
Then this happened: