I can’t remember exactly when it began, maybe 4-6 weeks ago, but we began praying for Ethiopian Grammy each night at bed time. I think it was originally born out of a grief session. So we pray that Ethiopian Grammy will be safe and not sick and have what she needs. Sometimes Beza prays for her dog too – that he won’t get sick or be eating by hyenas. (And yes, this is a valid concern – they hyenas come into the city at night.)
Well tonight as we were getting ready for bed Beza said “I want to go see Ethiopian Grammy. I go to Ethiopia and then come back here to America.” My first thought was “Yeah, she likes being here!” So I told her that dad and I would love to sometime take her and Wendemagegn back to Ethiopia. Of course Natalie chimed in that she wants to go to.
“When?” she asked.
“When you are older.”
“9?” (She’s 8.)
“Probably not 9, older?”
I finally conveyed that we did not have a travel date picked out and that we would just have to wait and see and that it would cost lots of money to take the whole family back to Ethiopia.
Since then she seems relieved to know that someday she will get to go home and visit. I’m relieved to know that she will happily get on the plane with us to come home to the U.S.