Cassie and I made cakes to celebrate - a carrot American flag and a banana Guinean. It took awhile to get folks to share in our baking but the DJ, who was speaking in French, made an announcement for everyone to go by the picnic area where the white girls are sitting since they made cakes for everyone. We were momentarily transported back to West Africa!
It was such a treat to share in the day with N'tossoma, far right, who was one of Cassie's Peace Corps bosses for her sector (health) and who now works for the Peace Corps in Guinea not far from Abdoulaye's family. N'tossoma came to the US for a month for a Peace Corps training (and vacation!). Abdoulaye's family sent hard copies of their wedding pictures from their celebration, along with video, and we were able to send copies from our celebration back home with him.
Following the fourth we headed to Virginia Beach to see my family. We were lucky enough to see my nephew (and brother and sister-in-law!) who is growing so quickly. It's a blessing to be close enough to see family as often as I do - a lot more frequently than once a year (or worse, once every two years!).
|Abdoulaye's first 4th of July in the US!|
|Cassie is a master baker and has the best recipes.|
|Abdoulaye promised us the Ambassador to the US would cut the cakes...maybe next year??|
|With Badara, Sean & Abdoulaye|
|Oh man. I need to frame this - thank you, Sean for such a great photo!|
|A little sunshine on my face, a lot of sunshine in my life.|