Two steps forward. One step back. ALWAYS! If we think we have something completed, well we don’t. It’s just the way it is and we are learning what it means to be persistent and stubborn and patient. Last November I told you about Britani who was in the process of getting her birth certificate which would allow her to attend school. She is 7 and has never been registered, has never legally existed. So we were excited in November when it seemed the process was finally complete and Britani started school for the first time.
But the story was not finished – not even close. After I wrote that Blog post, things slowed down. The government registration offices said too much time had passed. The final papers we needed were no longer accessible at the hospital – they are only kept for 5 years. The whole process had to start from the very beginning. A lawyer, more offices, more trips to the hospital in San Pancho and saddest of all – no more school for Britani. At the end of December, the school reminded us that 2 months had passed and no papers had been produced. Britani could not return to school after the Christmas break. Just one more sad letdown for this little one.
But Super Director Veronica kept knocking at the door, kept pushing. We kept picking Mama up and driving her to the hospital, to the registration office. It was sad but hilarious when they put Britani’s 7-year-old foot in ink and stamped it in the box on the birth certificate form that was the size of the baby foot it was intended for.
But finally! This week Britani received her Birth Certificate – with Grant and I signing as witnesses and friends and weekend parents. Her life, well it is still full of challenges that make me cry every day, but tomorrow morning she can go to school. She can learn and grow and dream of what she wants to be when she grows up. She can be like the other little girls who are 7. And that is a big deal for Britani!