Monday – Day 6
We woke up excited to be home, but knowing that we still had a long day ahead of us. On the agenda was shopping, a coffee ceremony at Kolfe (Biruk’s former orphanage), and Heather had to meet with a lawyer regarding her adoption. We would fly out at 11pm (our plane would stop in Sudan for refueling) and 9 hours later we’d land in Germany. We’d hang out in the airport for 5 hours and then we’d board another plane headed for Boston. The journey would take almost 28 hours from the airport in Addis to the airport in Boston. It was going to be a long day indeed.
Shopping was shopping. We’re girls, we love to shop. We picked up some goodies, stopped for lunch (I was fasting due to stomach issues), and then split up to go to our respective appointments.
Heather and Tam set out on foot and took taxis to get to the attorney’s office. Wendy, Dani, Biruk, and I went to Kolfe for a coffee ceremony and for Biruk to say goodbye to his friends. We huddled together in a small room with about 30 people and watched women roast coffee beans over an open fire. The smoke filled the room and I found myself gasping to breathe.
The director gave a short speech and then presented us with gifts (Wendy, Heather, Biruk and I each received a gift). The counselor also said a few words; the one thing he said that really struck me was that Biruk’s name means, “Blessed”.
Once the coffee, cookies, and popcorn were depleted, the ceremony ended and we were free to exit the room and take deep breathes outside. I watched my son give hugs to his friends, the boys he calls “brothers”. A few of them approached him and asked him to ask me to help find them “mothers” – families that would write to them, pray for them, and love them. (If you are reading this and would like to have a pen-pal relationship with an older boy, let me know!)
No one seemed sad. It was just goodbye. Biruk got in the car without any apparent emotion and we headed back to the guesthouse, where we would check out and prepare for the long journey ahead.