Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Other Side of the Ocean

Yesterday we were scared. Today we tore up the beach!

Abegail timidly walked right up to the water...then back to her seat on a rock 10 yards from the crashing waves. She looked like she was pondering what was on the other side of the ocean. In reality she was probably thinking what's the deal with all this water?! After some coaching from Dad, she walked right up to the waves and let the sandy water cover her feet. She held on for balance and giggled as the sand moved through toes in her new white sandals.

Emmanuel was less sure of himself. He hung on to Mom for dear life. He never did make it up to the water, but after 20 minutes of hanging on, he did get down and chase Abegail up and down the beach. But there is no catching Abegail.

Abegail runs with purpose. She sees a spot off in the distance and just runs to it. When we get home, Mom will have a running partner again! We watched as she ran 200 yards down the coastline..she turned around...and she waved. It must have felt like new-found freedom to her! That was the word that came to mind, at least. Then she turned around and ran all the way back. She smiled the whole way.

Emmanual got a hold of Mom's sunglasses and ran out to meet Abegail. When she got close, he held them out to her as if to bait her in. He then turned and ran! He's going to be a handfull. Today taught us that.

They both emerged from their shells today while at the ocean. Their personalities are very typical of a 7 and 4 year old. I don't know if we expected anything different, but it's nice to see they aren't always afraid.

In less than 24 hours we get on the plane to America. It's going to be a long one. With Emmanuel's new toy car and Abegail's new doll...we should be able to make it ok to the other side of the ocean.


suvek said...

your family did a very great job by adopting Abegail and Emmanuel and bring them to your home no one did this type of job in present time. May God bless you and your family .

Nancy said...

Imagine Emmuel and Abegail living so near the coast and never having been to the beach! We have to remember that not only are they coming from a completely different world from ours, but have led very restricted and sheltered lives as well. Today will be one of poignant farewells, great adventure, and new beginnings. I just can't imagine how pumped full of new ideas and images their brains are going to be within the next 48-72 hours. I'm hoping they can nap on some of those long flights, so that you can as well. Thank you so much for sharing this adventure with all of us.

Andries said...

What a beautiful post! We have loved the privilege of sharing your heartwrenching...and heartwarming...adventure in Liberia. Our hearts are with you and your new children as you cross the ocean, leaving behind the familiar sights, smells, and sounds of A&E's land of birth to brave the challenges of their new "home" and their life ahead. We look forward to welcoming them to Bloomington!
Beth & Dries, Alazar & Endalkachew