Going back to the Past- 24th Part
I went back to Los Angeles. In other words, 8 hours behind Lisbon. A long journey back home but I was determined and full of plans and expectations of when the children will come.
I brought back the “yes” to my family! Well due to my decision, we took the next steps forward. We applied to the law so that we can continue with the adoption process.
Everything indicated that everything would work out just fine. The children were already big. They were 3 and 4 years old. Usually people prefer to adopt babies.
So were waiting for the answer. A day, a month, two months, and until … the answer came: it was a “No! Your application is not accepted. You do not have residence in Portugal, you are not old enough to adopt. The total age of the couple has to be of 50 years.” Julio and myself did not add up to that age.
Can you imagine … so much expectation and finally nothing.
I cried a lot, I wanted them. I didn’t have the experience of a mother and I was not old enough to adopt, but the desire and the certainty that I had something to give them … was huge.
The God that I believed in and what He had done inside of me, could not just be for me. After all, remember that I had no other function but to care for the people, and the children were … a chance to be able to do something for someone that is in need.
Furthermore, within me … a revolt. Revolt of so many children suffering and when someone wants to give them something that many families don’t have, they are refused!
At the time of the “championship”, I was already talking to them almost every week. And I was already forming a bond, an affection and a love for them. I never adopted Luis and Vera with all the legal conditions, but I got the opportunity to have them for some time.
I was like their ‘mother’. I took them to school, doctors, etc. I gave them all the help. And that’s how it was during three years of guardianship with them.