Today we had our final interview at the Amercian Embassy, and Dawit is officially part of our faimily. It was a hot and crowded room, filled with families adopting. We had a five minute interview with an official at a window with glass between us, John had to raise his right hand and swear that all the info we had is true to the best of our knowledge, and we were done! All of the children are remarkably well-behaved. Security at the Embassy was outrageous–machine guns everywhere and concrete barriers surrounding the building.
We are seeing more of the “real” Dawit. He chatters non-stop in Amharic. We have learned a few important phrases in Amharic, after he leaned over the balcony once, and escaped the hotel room too. Did I mention he’s very 3? Anyway, he giggles uncontrollably when we speak to him in Amharic. He does not like to be singled out.
He takes a bit of time to warm up, but I wouldn’t even call him shy. Just cautious.
We had a few sad moments yesterday as he begins to process what is happening. John had to sit with both of us and tell us that it’s OK to cry. He and John are very close already, and Dawit is pushing the boundries like a typical 3 year old. I think this is all good news, he’s comfortable enough with us to be himself.
Tonight we are going to a restaurant for some Ethiopian food and regional dancing with all 7 couples that are here. Just the adults are going, the nannies will care for the kids. Dawit will stay at the Horizon House with the other kids who are headed to the States, not the orphanage, while we go out. The nannies have to be the best babysitters imagineable. (besides grannies, of course)
Tomorrow we will visit the other orphanage where Dawit lived for about 6 months and say goodbye to his buddies and caregivers there. Thanks to so many generous friends, we are able to bring a huge stockpile of medicine and school supplies to those kids. They just don’t have the same resources as Horizon House.
After that, we’ll do some shopping and then the Coffee Ceremony. Coffee is such a huge tradition here, it’s close to religion. And I actually like it. Yes, you read that right, I drank coffee. The orphanage puts on a little program of songs for us, and we all participate in the coffee ceremony. The children who are leaving say goodbye for the last time, and we get our documents to get Dawit back into the States.
Thanks to all for the messages! I love that you can follow along almost as it happens. I’ve been keeping a paper journal. There’s so much more to say, but there’s little time online here.
Lily: We can’t wait to see you, we miss you sooooo much! We are so glad that you and Granny are having a good time. Are you taking good care of Wednesday and Willow? How about that tooth?
Granny: Are you finding your way around OK? We forgot to leave you $$! Sorry!
Keep the cell on you today, we will try and call when we get back from the restaurant. We need a Lily fix!
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