Just finished cleaning up after my sweet four year old’s birthday party. The actual anniversary was weeks ago, but the calendar and illness conspired and we had to postpone the big event.
Despite the delay, the day held all of the birthday girl’s desired elements–lots of balloons, lots of cupcakes, lots of guests, all in shades of blue. At the end of the event, Astrid Meklit opened many lovely birthday cards, nearly all bearing checks, not for the birthday queen herself, but for Ethiopian Orphan Relief. Astrid was delighted, “look mama, another money to buy toothbrushes (she’s really into oral hygiene!) and bananas in Ethiopia where I lived with the nannies!”
At four, my sweet girl is beginning to learn about the work we do through EOR–she’s been helping to fill backpacks for Project Gena, she helps add the stamps to the thank you notes I send out, and she’s starting to realize why we do what we do. There are lots of kids in Ethiopia who’d like a new toothbrush and a banana (and shoes, and a warm bed, and clean water…) and this year, for her birthday, Astrid Meklit was able (with the help of lots of loving friends) to make that possible.
Thank you to all of our friends who enrich our lives. We are humbled by your generosity and your affection for Astrid Meklit.