As I leap and glide from place to place, dressed in my imaginary tutu, I meet delightful people from faraway lands. Every time I meet someone from a particular place I immediately connect them with someone else that I know from that same place or with someone that reminds me of that place. Lately, that place has been Ethiopia. Here is what I knew and now know about Ethiopia:
1. Growing up, my older brother used to run. Fast. He used to win us a turkey every Thanksgiving in some race or other. In junior high and high school he was a star athlete in track and field, however, one year he didn't try out. When asked why, his reply was, "When I run I get too thin. I don't want to look like an Ethiopian."
2. In one of the Indiana Jones movies, I think it was Raiders of the Lost Ark, they either go to, or just mention Addis Ababa, which is the capital city of Ethiopia.
3. Ethiopians run fast and win marathons in the Olympics.
4. There is no food in Ethiopia.
5. In an Italian history class my professor, Dr. Choate, taught me about how the Italians tried to go down to Africa and take over parts of Ethiopia.
6. My babysitter, Kuku, who I really call Cookie, is from Ethiopia. She is darling.
7. The things I know about Ethiopia are not very accurate. I have a lot of studying to do.