Tekle ran up to me with a huge smile on his face yesterday, exitedly showing me a bag of trail mix he just bought. I was confused because while I like trail mix as much as the next guy, I didn't think it was anything to celebrate. That is until he said "Kels, aren't you so happy I bought the stuff we were eating in Ethiopia??!!".
I had forgotten.
Thinking we may crave American food at some point during our time in Ethiopia, my mom and I had packed candy, juice boxes, crackers, and...trail mix.
It was so sweet to see how special that was to Tekle. My mom later told me that he had picked the trail mix out all by himself and was ecstatic to have found it at the store. Now that I think about it, there are quite a few things from our week in Addis Ababa that are really important to Tekle. He remembers every book and toy we brought, and when he wears one of the outfits we gave him on the trip, he'll say "Don't I look cute? This is what I wore in Ethiopia".
For a long time after coming home, Tekle showed no interest in pictures of himself or his friends before we came to pick him up. He only wanted to look at the pictures from the week my mom and I were with him. It was such a huge time in all of our lives, and it was amazing to witness such a significant part of his transition. In those days he had to try reconcile two completely different worlds, which is a lot to ask of a four year old. I think that he was able to adjust/attatch to our family better because he got to know my mom and I in his own environment. Tekle and I have an extra special bond because we shared a lot of experiences that week.
Before he went to bed last night Tekle gave me a hug and said "You better say thank you to me for finding that stuff!"