After volunteering in Tahlia's classroom today, I stayed to have lunch with her. The girl that was sitting next to Tahlia kept looking at me, then at Tahlia, then back at me, etc. She finally exclaimed: "Hey! How come Tahlia has Chinese eyes and you don't?" I told her that it's because I wasn't born in China. "Tahlia, is that your real mommy then?", the girl asked. Tahlia responded with "Of course she is!" (that's my girl!). Another girl that was sitting across from Tahlia who also happens to be adopted (I'll call her S.), said: "She just wasn't born from her mommy's belly; just like me. I was born from my real mommy's belly in China." I was surprised to hear S. refer to her biological mother as her "real mother".
Of course I took the opportunity to explain what I believe a real mother is and I think the kids got it :-) Another girl was so cute when she responded in disbelief when I mentioned that Tahlia was adopted: "What? Tahlia is adopted?!?!? Why didn't you ever tell me?"
I love first graders :-)