I just got off the phone with Honeybee and Michele. I got a lump in my throat when I heard my girl’s voice; I miss her. Honeybee sounds good. She was happy to see her friend, Jubilee and her other special friend, L., who is being escorted to the US. L. will be leaving Ethiopia tonight.
When they went to AHOPE to meet Jubilee the nannies and other staff were very surprised to see Honeybee and exclaimed over her. She was a little shy because she couldn’t understand their Amharic – which is so sad and difficult to imagine after only 16 months – and I’m sure the nannies were completely baffled by it. Gail, with AAI, did some interpreting and I think it all went well.
I haven’t heard much about Signe’s first meeting with Jubilee, which is the entire purpose of this trip!
The three girls got their hair braided yesterday, and the other two girls were quite tough, but Honeybee didn’t tolerate it too well. Michele told her that there was no turning back…her hair had been unbraided and it had to be done. Honeybee also wasn’t very happy that the power was out, which meant only cold water for hair washing. She has grown accustomed to some American comforts, and I’ll admit, I’m partial to hot water. L.’s hair had been cut short, so they had extensions put in, which I’m sure delighted her. Jubilee and Honeybee opted for matching braided hairstyles. Honeybee requested to have the ends of the braids left loose for a puff, but Michele but the nix on that. Combing out snarls is no fun, so her hair is braided right to the ends.
Today Signe, Jubilee, and L. are at the U.S. Embassy. Michele, Heather, and Honeybee are going shopping. This afternoon there will be a special farewell party at AHOPE for the two girls. I clearly recall how emotional Honeybee’s farewell was. She cried, I cried, the nannies cried…but there were happy moments too. We still laugh about the “bompolinos”, huge doughnuts (I have no idea how to spell it,) Honeybee requested as a special treat for her party.
Friday morning they will travel to Jimma and return Saturday evening, or possibly Sunday. The social worker is going to contact Honeybee’s family today to let them know she is coming.
How I wish I were with them…but I am content and happy that Honeybee is having this amazing experience.
Thanks for following along on Honeybee’s journey to Ethiopia.
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