Theresa had a fever Monday morning, which meant that I had baby house duty on my own. Feedings, diaper changes, play time. Oh, the humanity! Theresa’s fever broke Monday afternoon and we made it to court today with no problem.
Court went fine. It consisted of us, our translator, our lawyer, a judge, his secretary, the baby house doctor, a social worker and a prosecutor. There was more standing and sitting than a Catholic Mass. It was as hot as a baby house and I was sweating through my suit. The only curve ball was a question about G’s race and the potential for racism. The judge told us that New Jersey is known for problems with racism. We replied that we didn’t know that. He (a Kazakh) replied that we wouldn’t because we’re Caucasian! There are ignorant people in every state, but we can’t figure out how he got this impression that New Jersey stands out in this area.
Immediately after this our attorney asked us who we voted for. We replied Barack Obama. Then our attorney asked us if it bothered us that he was of a different race. This was apparently to prove that we didn’t have race issues. But our attorney did this without knowing what our answer would be. What would have happened if we answered McCain?
Court was at 11, which made us miss our morning visitation. Then we had to go back at 3 to hear our verdict read, which messed up the afternoon visitation. The verdict was “yes”! We raced over to the baby house for the last 45 minutes of the afternoon period.
Starting tomorrow, we’re in a fifteen day period where, in theory, a relative can show up and claim G. We’re told that this never happens and will not happen, but she’s not officially, officially ours yet. After that, we’ll be waiting on various pieces of paperwork, first here, then in Almaty. So our best guess is 25 more days in Karaganda and 5 days in Almaty. This is our 27th day in Kazakhstan!