Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Susan's First Lunch in the U.S.!

From Ddegeya Village, a region with houses made of mud and no electricity or running water, to the insanity of downtown Boston, Susan and her guardian John, were slightly overwhelmed. To ease the transition, we headed for lunch at Karibu, an authentic Ugandan restaurant just outside Boston.

Susan, a quiet and shy young girl, was comforted to hear Luganda, her local language, being spoken by the restaurant owners. We dined to traditional matooke and G-nuts and were spoiled by the staff.

After lunch Susan opened gifts prepared by children from Bethlehem, NY and various refugee families from Atlanta. Cards, games, crafts and MP3 players were unwrapped, in hopes to make their hospital stay more comfortable. Susan thanked everyone for their generosity the best she could with the language barrier.

As most mothers do, we wanted to make sure everything was in order before our departure back to Albany. The most pressing matter we wanted Susan to understand - what stopped all conversations after lunch as we paused to listen to John translate the sum of all that was happening . . ."We care about you and only want the best for you. We hope you will accept us as your family not only now, but forever."

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