Hugs And Smiles
Around 3:20 p.m. Monday the family stepped through the arrival doors at the airport and after a short introduction, were greeted with hugs and smiles. Winter coats were shyly passed around and zipped up, as the group prepared for the final leg of the journey to their new home.
Other volunteers were back at the house in Middleton, getting supper ready for the family when the weary travellers walked in the door around 6:30 p.m. The family walked in the door to find a homey place where the Christmas tree was still decorated, presents wrapped and waiting under the tree.
“It’s beautiful,” said Basim Al Manani, when he was asked what he thought of his new home.
After dinner Rowaid was so sleepy he was asking to go to bed, but managed to find a burst of enthusiasm when he began unwrapping his gifts. Each member of the family was outfitted with boots, gloves, hats, and scarves.
A few fun items got some big smiles -- daring red nail polish for Bushra, a set of ballpoint pens in Rowaid’s backpack, and a set of lava-lamp style speakers for Osamaha.
While there was joy in arriving here, one of the first things they did after supper was to contact the family members they left behind. Basim and Bushra’s two oldest children, married daughters, are still in the Middle East.
Middleton residents were at the airport to welcome the family.