I spoke with Honeybee again last night. We have been using Skype to call the Ritmo Guest House cell phone, and other than a slight delay, the connection has been good.
I asked her about the AHOPE farewell party for Jubilee and L. and she said it was sad. Everybody cried…”except me”. They sang songs and had treats like biscuits (cookies), and kolo. When I asked if the grown ups cried too, she said yes, “everyone cried, Mom”. I clearly remember Honeybee’s farewell, which was so sad, and I had such mixed feelings about taking her from the people who loved her.
Michele later told me that Honeybee was very reserved at the party, which was difficult for some of her nannies. She is uncomfortable because she can’t speak Amharic and she is afraid she won’t understand them – or that she won’t be able to respond. She finally warmed up after the party when she went into her old room with a group of girls. Heather managed to follow and get some pictures of her with her friends. She also noticed that they were eagerly speaking English with her.
I talked with Michele and she feels that although Honeybee is reserved about trying to speak Amharic, she honestly may not be able to do it. I had such hope that the Amharic would come back to her, but perhaps at this stage in her English language development, that isn’t possible for her.
Honeybee told me that she enjoyed shopping with Aunt Michele and Heather, and bought a beautiful scarf. Aunt Michele also added that Honeybee took many pictures on their outing which included Holy Trinity Cathedral and museum.
She was looking forward to having doro wat for dinner, and had some good tibs the night before.
They leave on their journey to Jimma tonight (Friday morning for them). Please pray that they will be safe and the trip will fulfill many hopes and dreams.
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