When I got to Semey, there have been three people who have worked tirelessly on my behalf. I NEVER realized before coming here the HUGE role that Olga, the coordinator, Larissa, the interpreter and Pasha, the driver play … in making not only this adoption successful … but in making my stay here comfortable and as pleasant as possible. All three of these people ... met me at the airport in Semey and have since been at my beck and call.
Olga handles all the legal documents and represented me in court. Most of her work is behind the scenes. She has "connections" and uses her influence in this town to work miracles on our behalf. She is the backbone and is "The Boss" as I like to call her.
Pasha, my favorite driver ... is a giant teddy bear. He is very protective. He walks the 3 flights up to my apartment every day and knocks five times to let me know it's him. Upon my return, he walks me up to the apartment and makes SURE I lock the door before he will leave. He tries to not let me carry anything. He treats me sweetly and affectionately and makes me feel so safe. I will genuinely miss him.
Larissa, my interpreter ... is my EVERYTHING! How was I to know what a vital role she would play in my everyday happiness, my ability to function in a foreign city, in the daily walk of the business at hand ... meeting Noah, bonding, court, and helping with my needs in caring for a baby. She not only hears for me and speaks for me ... she has become my friend.
So, while so many, many people have played a role in my process of adopting Noah ... I just wanted tonight to recognize those three who have been the foot soldiers ... those who have seriously made it happen for me here in Semey. I love them for what they have done for me. I do.