We picked up our passport this morning, had a yummy lunch, did some shopping and got home tonight... Phew. It feels so good to be here. On the ride home we saw the most beautiful sunset, heading down the homestretch and over the river. Then we saw a HUGE tiger literally just a few feet from our car. It was a nice homecoming after being in the big crowded city.
The kids were really hyper tonight and shouting over each other with all the news from the last few days. I got the run down in under 2 minutes with them shouting one thing after another because they all want to be the first to tell me this and that. We all sat in one of the girls' rooms and told stories, about the trip and the tiger and Kathmandu. The kids wanted to hear all about the embassy and the visa and mostly the airplane. They thought it was so cool that you get drinks and snacks and can go to the bathroom. They asked about where the septic tank was on the plane. Then we gave practice questions for the trivia contest tomorrow that a lot of them are competing in and the shouting started again. "How many U.S. states are there?" "How many eyes do a bee have?" And "which bird has the smallest egg?" It was entertaining. I missed these kiddos a lot.
And having Anjali's passport in hand feels amazing. This has been a three-month project in the making. It's unreal how she went from having no documents representing her what-so-ever to a passport and U.S. visa. So official! When many of the children came in, we didn't know their birthdays, and in some cases their full-names! It can take months and months to try to make a birth certificate or get any piece of paper to certify who they are and where they came from. I just never knew that a piece of paper could matter so much. Now it's on my wish list to do this for each and every one of them. This all just got me so excited for the future and how much of the world is at each of their fingertips.
Tomorrow is TRIVIA day at Kopila. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures at school.