Hungarian Rhapsody: An Adoption Story

November 26, 2006 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

I tend to be a slow reader, but last weekend I finished a book in almost one sitting!  The book was Hungarian Rhapsody: An Adoption Story by James Derk

 

I may be biased as I’ve known the author a number of years through my work,  but I found the story fascinating.  It’s about how Jim and his wife, Kim, traveled to Hungary on three different occassions (and complied with a month long Hungary-residency requirement each time) in order to adopt six siblings and keep them together.

Through the years, Jim and I’ve worked on a number of computer-related issues together.  He never seemed to get flustered by ActiveX frustrations, Oracle error messages or troubled web services.  Now I think know why.  At one point, Jim and his wife took 4 children (Ages 4 and under) on a 20 hour flight home from Hungary.  When you’ve endured traveling with four small children who don’t speak your language, two of which are infants who are riding on your laps and refuse to sleep, and one of which starts “this cute little projectile vomitting thing”, computer woes probably seem pretty mudane! 🙂

I found the descriptions of the orphanage in Hungary to be both heart-warming and somber and I enjoyed Jim’s observations of the cultural differences (One of the older boys was weary of ice in his soda, the infants were fed a coffee concotion in their bottles, the children took outdoor naps).  I especially enjoyed a snippet where Jim mistook an eldery woman who was innocently waiting for a bus as a prostitute.  🙂

Anyway, it’s a very quick read and I recommend it.  I think it will be of particular interest to any couples who are considering international adoption.

Enjoy!

Entry filed under: James Derk.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim D  |  May 1, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I am listed between Huey Newton and Kurt Vonnegut under “authors”. That sorta rocks.

    Reply
  • 2. tgaw  |  May 1, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Hmm…. I do believe I’m officially jealous now.

    Reply

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