Though Janie assumes that she accepted the Johnsons as her new family without question, that likely was not the case. As a three year old, she must have had moments when she cried and screamed about wanting her mom and dad. The Johnsons assumed that, by "Mom" and "Dad," she meant Hannah and the father that must have given her a daughter. It would have been perfectly ordinary for a child at Janie's age to cry when she was separated from her "mother" for the first time. The Johnsons soothed her with the explanation that her mother and father were unable to take care of her at the time, and that the Johnsons would be her parents. As Janie grew up, she eventually forgot the parents she had for the first three years of her life.