Sunday, April 06, 2008

A T-Shirt Story

Today, a mother in Belgium was reading our blog to her daughter, Tsion, who was adopted from Ethiopia a few months ago. When they came across the post called, Two Great People, the little girl's eyes got big. "That girl is wearing my clothes! This is T-shirt Tsion!”


She was pointing at our oldest adopted daughter, Neti, wearing a purple and white striped T-shirt.


Neti donned this shirt the July day we took her and Meke home from the orphanage. Since we brought clothes for both girls, we opted to leave the shirt at the orphanage, knowing they'd continue put it to good use.


For several months the shirt was undoubtedly shared by several little girls (according to Neti, sharing clothes in the orphanage is common practice). During those months a 4-year-old little girl was going through major changes in her life.


In October, that little girl arrived at Kid's Care orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was introduced to her new living quarters, a very small room with two sets of bunk beds shared by several other little girls. In the corner of her new bedroom sat a table covered with a pink and white cloth - the same table - and same room - Neti and Meke had occupied several months earlier.

Each morning the caretakers would lay clothes out for their kids on the pink and white table. One morning a purple striped shirt was chosen for a little girl name Tsion. The shirt was a perfect fit - so perfect that it made the trip all the way with her forever family across the sea to Belgium, where her mother will read her "A T-Shirt Story" tomorrow.



The End.

6 Comments:

At 8:45 PM , Blogger Scott Williams said...

You could write a children's book about that.

 
At 11:00 PM , Blogger Lisa W. said...

What an adorable little story. Scott is right, that SHOULD be a story book. What a precious thing to share and have such fond memory of for both of them!!!
Lisa
www.my2ethiopiangirls.blogspot.com

 
At 2:57 AM , Blogger Katomaru said...

And Tsion loves that story!
Tania

 
At 3:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really is a fairy tail...
One of the first pictures I saw from Tsion (who is adopted by our best friends) was one wearing the purple-white striped t-shirt...
If you ever consider to write a book about it, please let us know :-)
best regards, Jo (Belgium)

 
At 4:56 AM , Blogger Dave said...

Write that story Trace! Very cool.

 
At 10:57 AM , Blogger Brigitte said...

How a t-shirt brings people from all over the world together! If that isn't an example for world peace. Very moving! Brigitte (Belgium)

 

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