Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Day 3 with A & E, On our own!

A&E met us at the hotel today, so we could take them out in Monrovia and then to lunch. As warm and loving as they are at the AFAA house it is good to start slow outside of it. They were truly out of their comfort zones. We first got them a little snack at the hotel and then took them to a supermarket because they had never been to one. Abegail saw a barbie and her eyes lit up so we got it for her along with toothbrushes for the trip home. We then walked to the ocean. It was the first time they had ever seen it and it was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. It was hot out and we walked a while before going to a place they had been before for a cool drink. (All the kids went on an outing in three groups in May.) At that point Emmanuel sat on my lap and quickly fell asleep and Abegail started to nod off as well so I said to Scott lets take them up to the room and let them lie down a while. They slept for 2 1/2 hours! They were tired. We got up and had lunch and yes they had their first french fries which Emmanuel got the hang of quickly. They found it weird to flush a toilet instead of pouring water down it like they do at the AFAA house. Tomorrow they will meet us here at 10 a.m. and stay overnight with us. Then we will go back to the AFAA house Friday for final good byes for a few hours and on to the airport.


Nancy said...

What an exciting day A&E had, no wonder they were tired. I always knew that A&E have lived in a totally different world than the one we know, but now the little things are starting to sink in. If yesterday was their first visit to a supermarket in Monrovia, think what will happen, the first time they go to a Walmart Super Center. When I think of the comlex highway systems, the traffic, the airports they will see in the next few days,etc. it boggles my mnd. And if a flushng toilet is new and 'weird' to them, what will they think when they are bombarded with automatic washers and dryers, dishwashers, electricity, and TV 24/7, schools, and strangers everywhere! Talk about being out of your comfort zone! I am so glad that you were able to go to Liberia and appreciate the enormity of the adjustment they will soon be making. You are blessed to be a blessing to these children, to be able to help them through this maze. I can't believe that tomorrow they will be saying goodbye to the only life they have ever known, possibly saying goodbye to Alexander again, and taking off for a whole new life! It seems you have only been there an instant. It gives a whole new meaning to the remark "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." I rejoice with you in the new life you are offering them, but not wanting to forget the life they are leaving and the work that needs to be done in Liberia. Godspeed to you all, and tell Abegail I loved the dress she had on yesterday.

Janie said...

We all catch on to french fries too quickly! And you'll laugh to know Cecily's on the same page, getting the kids new toothbrushes too. They'll have a back up!

You are so intutive talking this transition slowly. I'm sad for the goodbyes too-- but confident you're the two to provide comfort during the journey home.