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“Girl From High Mountains”: Gaoanna.

Posted on: June 5, 2016

“Girl From High Mountains”: Gaoanna.

“When I was six months old, I was dropped off at an orphanage in Northern China with a little note pinned on my shirt.

It only had the name of my village. The orphanage named me Gaoanna, which translates to ‘Girl From High Mountains.’

My mother decided to adopt me after she received my picture in the mail. She was 45 at the time.

She had recently gotten divorced. She’d never had children. So it’s just been the two of us my whole life.

I remember one time in high school, we got in an argument and my mom got very emotional. She started crying and said: ‘We can’t fight. It’s just the two of us. We have to stick together.

At that moment I realized how much I had changed my mom’s life. She’d known from the start, of course. But it was something I needed to learn.”

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