Monday, January 31, 2011

Six months later....

Yup. It's been six months since I last posted. Doh. I don't think busy can be an excuse when you go that long. Want some updates? Here goes:

Y did indeed turn 4, and then she went to school. She loves going to pre-school and we LOVE that she loves going. Getting out the door in the morning is hard enough, I can't imagine what it would be like if she didn't like the destination. She goes five days per week for six hours each day. It's a lot, I know. But they nap and snack and play and have "center time" and she loves it. Guess how many Ethiopian kids are in her class? Eight. And the majority of the other students are also from Africa, so it is just lovely.

When people ask if we like her school, I usually say this: when I go to pick her up from class, I love that I have to do a bit of searching for her in the room. The kids all wear uniforms and all but one of the 18 have brown skin. I L-O-V-E that I don't walk in and immediately see my child surrounded by white faces. I love that when she talks about wanting to look like the other girls, that it is usually a matter of which hair style they have (long braids, short braids, Afro) and not about the long flowing hair that she sees in other places (and wishes for).She will have many times in her future when we cannot control who she is around and how they respond to her. For now, we can control the school that she attends and we love where we have landed. Most importantly, she loves it also!

The update is this: She's happy, so we are happy!

3 comments:

Amanda said...

Yay for a happy family! Great update, so glad to hear things are good. She's gorgeous!

Jen said...

What a great blessing a school like that is! Another reason to love your awesome city! We think that we found a great school (a charter school) for Bella, too. Starting the info gathering. It draws from our community but also from other more diverse communities. Knowing that she would be able to look around the classroom and see other little girls and boys that look like her is huge!

Meg said...

Ahhhhh, you're back! Thanks for the text the other day, I needed it.

So glad all is well in your world! That preschool sounds amazing. If we ever get a referral I will be sure to ask more about it over some vino =)

Ummm, that photo is pretty stinkin' cute...