Erin is amazing. When my friends Lori & Marc went back to China for their Mischief Man (a/k/a Ethan), Erin fell in love immediately. Now don't mistake me here. Erin adores their daughter Katie Starr & the rest of her China friends. However, the first time that she saw Ethan, she pointed to him & said "He's mine." Erin begged for a brother for quite a while after Ethan came home, but David & I explained to her that our family is complete. I'm pretty sure that in her mind, we're not done, but yes, we really are.
Anyway, after Erin & I got home from our monthly FCC luncheon this afternoon, David & I started to go through things. Erin will be 6 on July 30th, & things are changing for her. Toys that were fine a week ago are no longer fine. It's also time for our bi-annual purge of "stuff." While deciding what to purge, David finally came across the collection of dolls I've been saving for Erin. One of those dolls is a Gali Girl doll by the name of Reyna. I kept Reyna hidden since Erin wasn't really ready for the older dolls. This past Chinese New Year, I also purchased her a Karito Kids doll by the name of Wan Ling. Erin's had Wan Ling in her room but shown no interest.
Well, David & I decided that today we should allow Erin to have Reyna. The story of Reyna is that she is from Kaifeng China. Kaifeng is known among other things for having a Jewish community which is very old dating back to the 12th century. I explained to Erin that Wan Ling is Chinese American but Reyna is actually from China. I told her that there truly are Jewish people in China but that is not the norm. Reyna came wearing her own Jade Jewish Star & also had an extra one for the little girl who would own her. Since Erin already wears one, I offered to put the Star around Wan Ling's neck which went over really well. We had a minor chat about how now Wan Ling would be Jewish & is converted just like Erin was.
I guess what we talked about made sense to her. She just assumed that Reyna & Wan Ling would be sisters. All she had to say is "Now they are sisters."