Marvelous. In her first year, I learned to accept help from every woman on the street as they all corrected how I dressed, carried, fed, talked to, covered, and washed "our baby." I learned how having a child in a community knits you together with that community.
Attached. In her second year, she said her first big goodbyes
|My grandmother. |
Zestilacious! In her third year, her sparkliness and zest for life and learning were evident. She introduced her new sister to the world with joy.
Mariama has wonderful conversations with the gardener on our compound. She shows him around our yard, exposing the tender growth or unusual plants that she has recently discovered. When she was five, she attended a forest school, and her love for nature grew.
On her birthday we were having sparkling juice, and she said, "This reminds me of what I want to do when I grow up." "Really, how?" I asked. "Aunty Leah (that's my 36 year old sister who has Down Syndrome) loves sparkling juice, and when I grow up I want to teach people like Aunty Leah."
I can't wait to see what the future holds with this delightful human being that God has so graciously given us to steward and hold.