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Tristan: "I'm happiest when I see both my families laughing together"
Tristan Andrés Guibault
Hi ... my name is Tristan and I am 11 years old. I was adopted from Medellin, Colombia when I was four months old. I live in Canada with my mother, father and sister. My sister is 15 and was born in Guatemala. Her name is Kahleah.
It is a very cool experience to be adopted. To be adopted means to have two families. One family that gave life to you and one family that takes care of you for the rest of your life. To me both of my families are caring and loving and the best in the world.
Ever since I was very little we have had contact by mail and email with my birth family in Colombia. In 2004 I finally got to visit my birth family. We spent five days with them. It was so much fun to bring my two families together.
I am the happiest when I see both of my families laughing together and connecting. I am the saddest when I miss my birthmother, and sometimes I cry because it is hard to have one mother who does not live near me.
It felt great to play and hold hands with my brother and sisters. My sister by adoption connected perfectly with my sisters and brother by birth. Kahleah is a really nice sister because she just is. She is my rest-of-my-life sister.
I love my mommy because she takes such good care of me. She is always there for me and I will always be there for her too. I feel the same way about my daddy. I tell my parents that I love them more than air and they always say, "I love you more than that".
I am so happy that my birthmother and family are all right. I think about them every morning, every day, every night and every tomorrow. This is exactly what my birthmother said about me. I am so excited to see my birth family again and meet my new baby brother. We plan to visit again next Christmas. It is cool to have two families ... it just is.
When he was 10, Tristan met his Colombian birth family, on July 8, 2004. Tristan's adoptive mother is Leceta Chisholm Guibault. She adopted Kahleah, born in Guatemala in 1991, and Tristan, born in Colombia in 1994. Leceta and husband Jean and family live in Joliette, near Montreal. She is a board member of the Adoption Council of Canada and the Federation of Quebec Adoptive Parents, and moderator of the email list Canadians-Adopting (groups.yahoo.com/group/canadians-adopting).
Copyright 2006 Leceta Chisholm Guibault, firstname.lastname@example.org
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