Thursday, January 27, 2011


5:30 am, Meazi rolls over and says, "Mommy, let's get up." I ask her for ten more minutes. We slowly make our way to the living room. I turn on my computer. I ask her if she wants to see the painting Yaddi made for the fundraiser. I click on it and Meazi says,

"Oh mom! It's just what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted. People living in peace, vanilla and chocolate. I guess that is what Yaddi wants too."

Despite the obvious mistake about the middle Ethiopian, I still thought it was pretty profound for five years old and 5:40 in the morning.


  1. Wow,

    Lot's people ask me why i am paint? it is such a tough question for me to answer because what ever i say, I left with either not covering all the bases as to why i raise my brush or leaving an impression of self promoting..(which is always bad). But the true reason is to be able to touch, inspire and plead to the better angels within us. That is why Meazi's comment means the world to me.

    Thank You!

  2. Heart melted a little just now. Can she please be a big sister to Nora?

  3. Does she have a fan page yet? Book deal? World tour scheduled?

  4. yes, very profound! She's a sharp little girl, even more impressive at 5:40 AM!

  5. Meazi!! Love that little girl! xo

  6. I am always staggered by the depth of understanding children can have. What a shimmering example. My daughter is from the south of Ethiopia as well. After work I head home to my credit card and a donation to the library. Thank you for your expansive gift of time and energy to the project.