Thursday, May 21, 2015


Tesfaye's birthday forever took on special and memorable significance six years ago today.   On May 20, 2009, Tesfaye landed in Vancouver after a long day of flying on his own from Ethiopia. Can you imagine the thoughts going through his mind that day -- flying to an unknown land halfway around the world, completely bent over by crippling life-threatening spine disease, barely speaking and understanding any English. about to live for months with a family he barely knew and to undergo major, extremely difficult and risky life-saving spine surgery?

That birthday of Tesfaye's six years ago was the beginning of a most memorable new chapter in both Tesfaye's life journey and my family's.  To be continued June 12th....................

Tesfaye experiencing sushi and chopsticks for the 
       very first time two nights after arriving in Vancouver