Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.
— Lois L. Kaufman
When our family started the path to bring a child home from Ethiopia we never imagined the friendships that would be made along the way. To walk through this journey with friends and meet the people we did is something I will forever cherish.
Here in Oregon we have an amazing group of families who have children from Ethiopia. I feel so lucky to live in an area were my children will have lifelong friendships with children who started their life together in Ethiopia.
Our daughter shared the first four months of her life with one of the girls who we fondly refer to as “The Toukoul Girls plus One.” Three of the four girls are all from Le Toukoul Orphanage in Addis Ababa. Yes, M and AR were infants and have no remembrance of their time in a tiny crib at SOS EE Le Toukoul Orphanage together but do truly feel that as they continue to grow together they will one day cherish that they were first crib mates in Ethiopia. The other two girls in “The Toukoul Girls plus one” are also from Ethiopia. One by birth Miss Y and one by sisterhood, Miss R.
These three girls are my daughters dearest friends. They enjoy family gatherings, play dates, laughs and sometime toddler tears. To top it off the parents are dear friends and also cherish the time we get to spend together!
Friendships are a very important part of life. They are formed in many different ways and take many different paths. I’m so thankful that my daughter has friends that she can share her Ethiopian culture with.
If you are not in a area where you have families from Ethiopia how about finding a pen pal for your child. What a fun way to start a friendship. Maybe a family you traveled with, someone from your agency family, etc. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Here are a few pics of “The Toukoul Girls plus One”