We had a nice conversation with them, albeit a short one since we were on our way to the airport. They were really nice people. I almost forgot about meeting them in the chaos of that day.
Fast forward a year and a month to Merlefest. While in Addis, we were able to meet and take photos of little Samuel Albertson, and his mom Becca and I have become good friends since then. I really love Becca and have campaigned for them to move to Oregon. I don't think it's working. We agreed to meet up for the day on Saturday at Merlefest since they live only an hour away and dig the festival anyway.
This was our first time to meet in person, and I was excited. I already knew it would be awesome to hang out with Becca, and I was really happy to find out what a cool person Zach is too. I mean, these folks are fun, and what hilarious cute kids they have. Love all around.
So we went with the Albertsons to catch The Duhks show in the hillside stage, and we got all settled in to a shady spot really high up on the hill. Through the music, I can hear Zach and Becca talking to someone behind us and pointing our direction.
I turn around and notice a little girl there, Ethiopian. Her parents tell me their names. They are the family who we met in Addis at Ayat House on our last day. We all sort of flipped out so much that the guy sitting next to us got irritated, telling us he was trying to listen to the music (um...hello? it's an outdoor concert in the heat of the day at a crowded family-style festival...give us a break). What are the chances that we would, at a festival with seven stages and thousands of people, meet up with this family?
After the concert, we parted ways for lunch and said goodbye, with no plans to meet up again. We all have lunch and decide to watch the show at the Americana stage. My dad (who was not there for The Duhks concert and hadn't heard the story yet) took our blankets to claim a shady spot. We go to settle in to the place my dad picked out and find out that he had placed our blankets directly beside the same family. Again, in a festival full of thousands of people, we bumped into each other.
It's crazy, I'm telling you. We swapped emails and have decided to stay in touch. You never know.
Abe and Leah watch the mime at the Little Pickers tent. I loved how Abe sat here for a solid 15 minutes, hands clasped, mesmerized.
Reason #1,209 to love the Albertsons: They think Ted is funny and not just really scary.
Later, later, later that night, we goofed around back at the campground, listening to the pickin' session going on by our fellow campers. We also stayed up way to late listening to pretty incredible stories from my dad about the early dating days with him and my mom, and I thought, "This is what it's about."