We have a new child coming to storytimes. He was recently adopted from Liberia. His name is David. When he first came to my Storytime he came with Dad and Grandma. He had only been here a week. I think he goes with Grandma to toddler storytime, too. They want to get him as much exposure to our community as possible. Today, he came with Dad. Dad is also from Liberia. I was talking to him after Stortyime about how David was doing. He began to talk about the process and how hard to was to get David here. It took two years. As he was talking, many of the other parents/grandparents started listening to the conversation and nodding or responding to his story. I’m sure many of them have never had to experience the corruption that can take place by government officials in other countries for basic services. It was enlightening for sure. I was watching them and they were so interested in what he was saying.
I’m glad I was there to witness it. You can learn amazing things you learn at storytime!