Ok so I was going to wait to post this but.... I can't. In the afternoon we got a ride to the Foster Home. This was good as the rain had made the roads all muddy. For all my African buddies out there you would love the walk to the foster home. The whole way you are going through of sea of people, donkeys, goats, blue and white taxis and shoe shine boys. The road is lined with corrugated tin shops that sell vegetables stacked in pyramids, tea, roasted corn, and now the modern Internet service. The roads are wet and rocky with a few piles of stomped on trash and a few donkey droppings, pot holes and hills of dirt. Little kids smile and wave or play soccer. Ladies with heads wrapped in shawls chatter about life. Everyone walks with that slow unhurried way that Africa owns. It made me very homesick for Africa to be here but I am trying to just absorb and remember.
That above paragraph was not the main reason I wrote but I had to include it for myself as much as anyone else, I don't want to forget this experience.
When we got to the Foster Home, once again we waited in the court yard while they brought the children to us. This time it was when I got to see Mari's personality. She is very reserved with strangers which is what I am to her. So at first she gave me her little scowl and pushed away from me. But then I got out the toys I had brought her and she slowly warmed up. She would glance at my face and then quickly look back to the toy. After a few minutes of this they brought us a bottle so I got to feed her again. This girl likes her milk. She would take sneaky looks at me and then stare at the ceiling. But I must have won her heart with the toys and milk as she soon began to look more often at me. I tickled her and she gave a soft giggle and little smile. Once I had one of those smiles I had her. She got more and more confident with me playing with me and the toys. She can crawl fast when she wants to and pulls her self up quite easily. By the time we left she had given up being shy. She had crawled across the floor to me, climbed in my lap and was playing with my necklace, my zipper on my jacket and continually looking at me and smiling. Throughout the afternoon if she saw one of her nannies go by she would smile and do her soft laugh. She has little dimples in each cheek. There was another little girl there with her parents. She is adorable as well but spunky, loud and outgoing. It was fun to watch these two babies with completely different personalities play with us. Mari is quiet and shy with a soft laugh so you often couldn't hear her over the loud giggles of the other baby. Everything about Mari is soft and gentle. She has petite little features that are perfectly
symmetrical, dark long lashed eyes, a little button nose and a rose bud mouth. I know I am biased but she really is rather perfect and leaving her on Sunday will be very hard.