Occasional snippets of conversations drifted through the window as workers made their way home across the open field in the twilight; dogs barked and howled in the moonlight through the back alleyway of the city. The Elder and I snuggled our newly adopted baby girl, swaddling her glorious brown-and-honey-colored skin in soft, stark-white cotton; the faint smell of cooking fires wafted through the room.

Sheltering in a quaint Ethiopian guest house, the dim side lamp bathed the walls in a warm, low-wattage glow that night.

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