Lawson appeared on my Facebook page last month as a silhouette. It was difficult to resist the urge to share this adoption story right away, but rules will be rules! He is now safely home with his family in the United States, and I can finally share their joy with you.
Josh and Elizabeth had been in the process of adopting for a long time, jumping through the various hurdles required for the process. They were finally matched with Lawson on their 5th wedding anniversary. Imagine their joy when that call came in. Fast forward two years and we were having a cup of coffee on the ground here in Seoul, getting ready for their first meeting with their son.
We had been told that Lawson could be a little shy around strangers, and the moment he recognised Josh and Elizabeth, he hid in his foster mother’s arms. It took quite a bit of coaxing, and Josh’s drawing skills from his experience as an animator, but Lawson came out of his foster mother’s arms to make a game of erasing his father’s pictures and join in the illustrations.
Lawson’s sweet and playful nature came out as he joined another girl on the glockenspiel, followed by opening and closing his water bottle repeatedly with both of his parents and instigating a game of hide and seek with his father.
The meeting was over too soon, but the wait was not too long. “We’re coming next week,” said the next email I got. We organised to meet at Deoksugung and capture a few moments of this family together in Seoul before they headed back home to the US.