A Letter to my Birth Parents

A Letter to my Birth Parents

A little holiday reading from one of our inspiring MBLers (reproduced with permission):

“Dear Xinran,

I like to share some information with you about me because I hope to find my birthparents sometime.

I was born in China, but live in the Netherlands now.

My name is Annemarije Cornel and I am thirteen years old. My chinese name is Wu Xin Rong and in 1999, at the the age of two-and-a-half years, I was adopted by my Dutch parents. I have a sister, age nearly 16, who is adopted from China also, from Zongshan in Guangdong. She is called Nynke (Chen Bai Lian).

At the moment I live with my parents and sister in a small village in the Northwestern part of the country, called Schoorl. It is situated near the Northsea and has beautiful beaches and sanddunes.

I am in my second year of secondary school now and I love to do sports. I used to do a lot of gymnastics, now I play football in a girlsteam. I also like to sing and I play the violin. I have a lot of friends and they are very important to me. I love animals too, especially our pets.

I am really happy to live in Schoorl. I have been to visit China in 2006. We visited the orphanage were I grew up in Wuhan. It was great to meet some of my carers and some of the children who still live there. It was very impressive because they could remember me and they gave me some photographs of when I was a baby.

It was nice to see the room where I had played and slept years ago. We managed to sing a few Chinese songs for the children and they sang for us in return. We also visited Guangzhou and the mountains in the Guilin region.

Now I grow up I think more often about China and my background. When I was younger we all took Mandarin lessons in a Chinese school. I have two cousins who are also adopted from China. We have a little Chinese group in our family and I think that is very nice.

From my adoptionpapers I know that my Chinese name is Wu Xin Rong.

I was born on April 3, 1999 and found to be abandoned in Hongshan District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province on April 28, 1999. Than they send me to the Wuhan Children Welfare Institute of Hubei Province by the Local Police Station of Hongshan Villages, Wuhan City Public Security Bureau, Hubei Province on April 28, 1999. My parents and other relatives couldn’t be found at that time.

I wish I could find my birthparents, although I know it will be difficult as we don’t have any information about them. It is important for me as it is a very important part of me and of my live. I hope they are well and wish they are happy. Maybe we will meet in the future.

In summer 2013 we plan to travel to China again and visit the places where I was found and the orphanage.”

Me at the age of two years in Wuhan

              Me (left) and my sister Nynke (right) on Li river                         Me at the age of 13

 

 

亲爱的欣然女士:

我想和您分享一些关于我的信息以便我有朝一日能够找到我的亲生父母。

我出生在中国,但现在在荷兰生活。

我叫Annemarije Cornel,今年13岁。我的中文名是WU XinRong,在两岁半大的时候,我被荷兰父母收养。我有一个快16岁的姐姐,她也是父母从广东省中山市收养的中国女孩。她叫Nynke(CHEN BaiLian)。

现在我和父母以及姐姐住在荷兰西北部的一个叫Schoorl的小乡村里。它靠近北海,有着非常漂亮的沙滩和海岸。

我现在上中学二年级,我的爱好是运动。我之前做过很多的体操训练,现在在女子足球队里踢球。我还喜欢唱歌和拉小提琴。我有很多的朋友,他们对我很重要。我也喜欢动物,尤其是我们的宠物。

我很喜欢住在Schoorl。我2006年回过中国,我们去了我曾经在武汉生活的孤儿院,很开心能见到之前照顾过我的人和一些仍然住在那里的小朋友。让我印象深刻的是,他们还记得我而且拿了我小时候的照片给我们看。

我又回到了我曾经玩耍和睡觉的屋子,我们和那里的小朋友们一起唱中文歌。那年我们也去了广州和桂林。

我现在长大了,会越来越多的想到中国和我的出身。我们更小的时候曾在中文学校学习汉语。我还有两个表兄妹也是被收养的中国孩子。我们的家庭当中有一个小小的中国团队,我觉得那很棒。

我从养父母那里知道我的中文名叫WU XinRong。我1999年4月3日出生,同年4月28日在湖北省武汉市洪山区被遗弃。同一天,我被湖北省武汉市公安局洪山分局的工作人员送到湖北省武汉市儿童福利院。那时候,他们没能找到我的父母或者亲戚。

我希望能够找到我的亲生父母,虽然我也知道这很难,因为没有他们的任何信息。但这对我很重要,因为它是我生命中非常重要的一部分。我希望他们生活得很好很快乐。希望有一天我们能相见。

2013年我们会再回中国,回到我被找到的地方,以及再次拜访孤儿院。

这是我两岁的时候在武汉

我(左)和我姐姐Nynke(右)在漓江上                                   十三岁的我

 

翻译(translated by MBL volunteer):魏渲 (WEI Xuan)