When they learned that there was a new child available for adoption, they rushed to meet her – a 3-year-old gypsy girl. It took the happy parents only a couple of months to adopt the girl. But the problems still lay ahead – adjusting the little savage to life in a family with two brothers and basic potty training.
When the girl felt maternal love, she started biting and scratching less and even started to walk bending the knees, which she hadn’t done before. Uma – that’s what Olga and Konstantin called their new daughter – behaved strangely, she would twist and cry, throwing tantrums when they tried to calm her down. Her new mother guessed that it could be withdrawal cravings from sedatives: the Romani sometimes give them to children so that they don’t cry when the mom panhandles. Olga tried to bear with the fits patiently and lovingly, but one time in despair she ran into the woods and just screamed at the top of her lungs.