This is Vanya. On the right.
|Vanya trying out Nastia's laptop when we were there in June.|
|Vanya ,center, with Sergey, Sidozha and other boys from the orphanage. June 2011.|
There is a long pause while I wait for his response. And then a series of 'smile' icons appears. Then I read his next message, 'No, they didn't die.Yet'
What was he trying to say? I was still so confused.
And then he typed another series of smile icons and then the words 'but they WILL. From too much smoking.'
|Vanya and some of the other kids trying out Kim's computer.|
Anyway, he had a really good laugh at my expense, and I was able to find it funny too...once my heart moved back into my chest. It was great to talk to him, remind him that I still think about all of them, and that I pray for them. He was pretty impressed that I rattled off the names of everyone in the photos I sent him. And, even though this boy is exacerbating and troublemaking, and full of bravado when he is surrounded by the other kids --here online he was not. He must have written 'thank you!' a dozen times for each photo I posted. And then, before I signed off, he thanked me for taking the time to talk to him.