How do you describe the last couple days? What words can I share to convey our experiences, our emotions, our thoughts here?
Today we met our boys. This has certainly been the highlight of the trip. Watching Abu and Desalegn walk down the steps of the transition home into our arms was a moment we will never forget. Abu came to me for a hug, but it was clear that the true object of his desire was his "papa." Joy radiated from his face as he hugged his father, slung a possessive arm over Mike's shoulders while friends snapped pictures, walked hand in hand over to a grassy area, played silly games together with his sandals straps, giggled with glee from atop Mike's shoulders , proudly proclaimed "Look, papa!" to his roommates (who were supposed to be settling down for a nap!). It is obvious that this boy is in love with his dad.
I discovered that Desalegn is a giggler! Contrary to all the serious pictures we have received, this kid's hearty laugh comes quickly. A few tickles, a few funny tricks with a toy car, a few overzealous kisses to the neck region…and this gurgling laugh erupts from his cute little body. He also displayed his "emotional" side. Twice, when toys were taken away and given to another child, he did not hit, bite, or scream. He simply hung his head, moped over to a corner, and pouted. How hard was it not to laugh at that??? What a tease!
Our hearts are heavy as we await news of whether both boys will be able to come home with us. The thought of leaving Abu behind for further medical testing newly required by the CDC leaves us absolutely heart-broken. Perhaps tomorrow we will have some more answers on that front.
Blessings to you all.