Adoption

ADOPTION :: “I am not ‘for’ international adoption. I am not against it.”

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“Philosophize eloquently about how children are better left in their native cultures and I will tell you from shared experience that children in orphanages do not live the culture of their country, but the culture of an alternate reality that only exists in institutions…

I am not ‘for’ international adoption. I am not against it. I am ‘for’ children having loving parents and being in homes where they have a support network. I am against children growing up in dormitories with change-out caregivers. I am against children being left without help simply because a legal definition of adulthood, in whichever country we are talking about, has been reached. ” -John M. Simmons

READ MORE from Why the Decline in International Adoptions on the Huffington Post

Life in Photos, Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: When she draws, she flies

Old table in corner near window with knotted curtain

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This is Aveline’s little art space — our old 1940s table, tucked into the corner of our apartment, with big windows all around it. At any given time, the table is covered with large pieces of paper, spiral-bound sketch pads, tiny blank books, stickers, markers sorted by color, bits of crayons broken in half, and a few plastic animals scattered across the table. There’s almost always a fedora and a hula hoop hanging off the back of one of the wooden chairs.  There’s a pendant from her baby shower and stars from when she turned two.

And there’s a view, too, because if you duck down and look through the windows at just the right angle, you see a tree instead of a toll booth, an exit ramp, a chain link fence, or other apartment buildings.

When she sits here, wearing an old gingham pinafore which used to be mine, she counts to thirteen skipping five, and she draws letter A’s and numby 2’s and letter Z’s and circles and faces and eyes and airplanes.

When she draws, she flies to a world far, far from here.

I hope she can always get lost this way.

 

Little Style

LITTLE STYLE :: Neon Wayfarers and Tasseled Scarf

(A great big thank you to the kind folks over at ZOOBUG who sent these gorgeous sunnies to Aveline!)
2 - neon wayfarers and large scarf on small child

1 - neon wayfarers and large scarf on small child

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GLASSES: Fluo-Pink Wayfarers c/o Zoobug
OWL BELT: ej sikke lej, a gift Auntie Lauren brought back from Denmark
SCARF: Target women’s section
LONG-SLEEVE WHITE TEE: American Apparel c/o Wittlebee
SKINNY JEANS: Levi’s, a gift from Grandma

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Foxes

Foxes are absolutely and completely EVERYWHERE. What do you think of this trend — love it or hate it?

fox mask via her flying horses on etsy
Fox Mask via Her Flying Horses on Etsy

Fox illustration via Nan Lawson on Etsy
Fox illustration via Nan Lawson on Etsy

Scion Mr Fox via John Lewis
Scion Mr Fox via John Lewis

Fleet Foxes poster by Alvin Diec
Fleet Foxes poster by Alvin Diec

Children's Play tent with Fox via Snail Candy on Etsy
Children’s Play Tent with Fox via Snail Candy on Etsy

P.S. Even more pretty things.

Travel/Moving

TRAVEL :: James Mollison’s “Where Children Sleep”

Have you seen this fascinating series of photographs entitled “Where Children Sleep“? The images are excerpted from a book of the same name, photographed by James Mollison. Click here to see more photos.

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil - Where Children Sleep James MollisonPortrait of Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil - Where Children Sleep James Mollison Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brasil

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China - Where Children Sleep James MollisonPortrait of Dong, 9, Yunnan, China - Where Children Sleep James Mollison Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal - Where Children Sleep James MollisonPortrait of Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal - Where Children Sleep James Mollison Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

All Images: James Mollison. See more from the “Where Children Sleep” series.