Thursday, February 4, 2010
Charlie, officially a member of this traveling family, got his passport, his first stamp (Kenya), and slept through his first flight. The hotel we're in has cribs, so we are all sleeping better now that we're not afraid to move.
We've gotten a little taste of what it is like to immigrate to the US, and if I could just be permitted a few moments on my soapbox: It is hard. People have to go through SO much, jump through so many hoops, hope for so much luck, just to get a chance to come to the US. We owe everyone who works through these impossible channels a lot of respect! I've spent the past few days watching Africans be grilled by Embassy Officials, accused of lying (maybe rightly so), turned away left and right. It was a little sad.
Even our sweet Charlie is being held up before he can get his visa. There is one more screening that none of us knew had to happen. It has something to do with the guy from America's Most Wanted and a law he had passed years ago. While I'm *sure* it's a great law that does a lot of good, since it has me stuck in Nairobi away from my sweet kids, right now I hate that law!
We have been told it could take 2 days to do, could take 1 week, someone even mentioned 2 weeks. I'm trying not to think about that right now and am just praying we can get Charlie's visa tomorrow as planned.
In the meantime, Ben has developed a weird ability to watch dumb British movies on the one English channel we get. Right now, he's watching one about a little girl who misses her best friend. I'm feeling like the internet connection is totally worth the $20 a day we have to pay for it! I need to check the Bachelor Recap.
Here's a pic of Charlie practicing sitting up...