The flight to Addis felt shorter than before. Maybe it was my preoccupation with a darling 14 month old. Maybe it was because I knew my Habesha Betasub (Ethiopian Family) waited in anticipation to embrace after a six month interlude. Whatever the case, Genet, Marta, Aster, Blein, Mimi, and, of course, our darling Solomon welcomed us at the airport with open arms. Post arrival and Visas, we could see our betasub past baggage claims, through Customs, and behind the gates. We could NOT get to them quickly enough. Customs did not appreciate our expectancy to reach our friends. With an extra tip, the bag porter proved persuadable to push our bags to the front of the line; and before we knew it, we were united. I cannot express how full and complete my heart felt finally, minus Josh, Hunter, and Tiger.
On our first trip to Addis, the unfamiliar smells and sounds shook my base. Everything seemed unfamiliar. The smokey haze of Addis welcomed us with familiarity this time around. Every site, every road marker, every acquaintance added another level of comfort. And then, BeJoe, the guesthouse where we stay…ahhh, BeJoe. Three dozen roses from Solomon added a bit of glitz to our lovely rooms. The BeJoe girls stayed and visited with us into the wee hours of the morning. Gift delivery ensued. We passed out pictures and cards from all of our BeJoe friends in America. The girls LOVED the updates. At 3:30, we finally headed to bed. Peaceful sleep restored the tired eyes, and we have been running hard since. Jet lagg and all my heart and mouth can finally say, "Bet Negn" or "I am home."