We’ve been running at full-tilt for the last few days. The cousins arrived from Florida to enjoy a Buckeye Thanksgiving, and the house has been full-to-bursting since Wednesday. 11 people–eating, laughing, playing games, making art and…eating. It’s a joyous occasion. Nothing illustrates my American good fortune like setting aside half a week to feast with some of the people I love best!
In the midst of all of this celebrating, my Ethiopian friends remain much on my mind. I think about my friend Tiru, who is celebrating her Thanksgiving with all of her lovely daughters away from home for the first time. I think about my friend Seleshi, who’s mother is visiting the United States for the first time since he moved here more than 20 years ago. I think about Demissew, the man I met at the airport in Mekelle. Every day I wait for news that he’ll be starting his PhD program this spring at my alma mater, The Florida State University (with full funding, fingers crossed!) And always, always, I think about dear friends at Children’s Heaven, Lola Children’s Home, and FOVC.
How nice, that in a life that was already filled-to-the-brim with good fortune, I’ve been given the gift of a wider world view. The people I know, the places I’ve been…I’m an incredibly lucky
girl, um, middle-aged woman.
So gifted, that when pressed to name a Christmas wish, I could only think to ask for one thing: a goat (or a sheep… I’m not picky). My relatives thought this a fabulous idea, so I know they won’t mind a bit when they receive the same, because really…what more could we wish for? We all enjoy fine health, lovely homes, terrific kids, happy marriages and abundance. Nothing under my Christmas tree could possibly change my life in any lasting way, but the gift of a goat (or cow, a sheep, or chickens) will make a real difference to my very real friends in Ethiopia.
I’m sure most of you have been counting your blessings over the past few days too. I hope that like me, you find your life is overflowing with good. If so, maybe you’ll also ask for a goat for a holiday gift, or maybe you’ll give a gift of livestock instead? Who wouldn’t like 8 chickens for Hanukkah?
Hoping your life is as abundant as mine,
Want to fill someone’s stocking with a sheep? Here’s how: