Life has been really busy lately, and I haven’t had much time for blogging. Work is busy, our social life is busy, golf takes up a lot of time, we have spring projects to do, and there’s a potential major development that I hope to be able to talk about soon. (It has nothing to do with family-building, so don’t get too excited!) I’ve got things to say, though, so I need to find a few minutes here or there to share some thoughts. It’s what I like to do, and really, it’s what I need to do. So, today I’m taking a few minutes to blog.
My mom called me this morning to ask if I had seen Ameri.can I.dol last night. I don’t watch the show, so I hadn’t. Apparently last night was their charity night, and there was a piece with one of the previous winners where he traveled to Ethiopia. I looked up the clip online and watched it. It was a nice piece, and hopefully it exposed many people to some of the challenges that young women and girls in Ethiopia face.
Anyway, it was really cool for me to hear my mom so excited about seeing something about Ethiopia. She said she feels like she’s been coming across Ethiopia more and more in life. I relate it to what Craig calls Blue Car Syndrome. It’s similar to when you buy a new car, and you pick a nice blue color that you’ve never seen before. And then you drive the car off the lot and you see that same car – in that same shade of blue – everywhere. The blue cars have probably always been there, but you just haven’t been looking for them.
I, too, feel like I see and hear more about Ethiopia now than I ever did before. I don’t know if that’s actually true or not, but I certainly know I wasn’t paying much attention in the past. My mom said that seeing and learning things about Ethiopia – and especially seeing photos of the children – helps her feel a little more connected to our adoption process. And I love that.