Ariel&FifiWith children, it’s easy to bond. An average of fifteen weird faces does the trick. Laughter is key, along with tickling and piggyback rides. The downside to these friendships is the heartbreak of leaving.

Today, I looked through pictures of my Senegalese host family. Fifi dominated the scene, as can only be expected. The perky three year old smiled mischievously at the camera lens. Her shrill phantom giggle erupted out of my computer screen. The innocent eyes looked at me, her best friend, trustingly. Continue reading