This week I received an early Christmas present, the kind that no amount of money can buy.
I found a comment on one of my earlier posts, E is for Eritrea, from one of the boys on Team USA while I was in Eritrea in 2004. And that means I also have a way to be in contact with him.
Yesterday we talked on Whatsapp. He explained that the team continued to play soccer for three more years after I left, taking part in a competition and coming in third among eight teams twice. Once they reached high school, they turned their efforts to getting good grades, as all parents seem to wish for their children.
He filled me in on where some of the Team USA members are now. Several have left Eritrea. At least one has moved to Europe. And he sent me photos of many of the boys now that they have grown into handsome young men. I’ve been smiling all week.
May your holidays be blessed with many reasons to smile. Merry Christmas to all.