I’ve been up thinking about this number problem…
I’ve never been good at solving mysteries, and so this is keeping me awake.
Also, Kim Sook Ja’s name is written in different handwriting.
WHY would someone add another child to my document and then CHANGE my age to something older? A whole year older?
The little square photo of me was taken at the same time as the photo of me and the nurse. However, all the Koreans here and most people in general say that even if that was taken soon after I was found, there is no way I am 3 years (2 years American) Korean in that photo. And if it was taken before I was found, then my family was one of the few rich families that could afford a camera. (Not likely. That is a statue of Jesus in the background, btw… )
I asked Mrs. Seol how she could know Kim Sook Ja was younger than me by 6 months, and she told us that children’s ages were estimated by their physical examination and usually the number of teeth they have.
It says in my medical report documents that I had 16 teeth. That would place me at 13 to 19 months age.
Clearly, with no Second Molar, I was probably not already two years old. So WHY would they list us as the same age? Kim Sook Ja’s photo clearly shows she is at least a year older than me. (if not older) A year’s difference between children at that time in development is HUGE.
It seems to me that the age discrepancy on the document was intentional.
In most cases I have heard of an orphan’s age being changed, it is changed to a younger date to make the child more desirable for adoption. So to change me to a year older at such a young stage in development is bizarre, as more adoptive parents would rather have a 14-18 month old than a 24+ month old child.
Unless perhaps there was some child identity swapping going on?
Or maybe if I was stolen, or more likely – my abandonment might have been contested? (I’m sorry Mrs. ____ there are no 2 yr. olds here, and no sisters either. We only have two 3 yr. olds from that week)
This little document just gets weirder and weirder every time I look at it.
And what of my birth family appeals? I was broadcasting my age as written, and whoever my family was/is would have dismissed it as me if it was a WHOLE YEAR OFF.