I’ve been wanting to write about specific staff members and children for quite awhile now, so I’ve decided to talk about two pairs: Sister Hannah and Ernestina, and Fifi and Toffic.
Sister Hannah is the cook at the orphanage, and Ernestina is her 3 year old daughter. Sister Hannah has been at the orphanage longer than any other staff member, and cooks for about 40 people, 3 meals a day. This is quite the task, but she’s quite used to it, and doesn’t mind bossing people around and telling them what to do. She’s also quite funny, and likes to yell at me in a high squeaky voice (one that she believes sounds exactly like my own). Overall, she works really hard, and our babies would be pretty hungry without her.
Ernestina is Sister Hannah’s daughter, in every way imaginable. Not only does she look just like her beautiful mama, she’s just as sassy, and even more bossy. Ernestina is not afraid to let you know who’s boss, and enjoys telling everyone what to do. She also enjoys walking around with her giant belly sticking out, and throws giant tantrums if she doesn’t get her way (I think my mother will confirm that this is what I was like as a child). Overall, these are two beautiful sassy people, who make the orphanage a pretty fun place to be.
Fifi and Toffic are not related, but anyone who sees them together would think they’re brothers. Fifi is our cook (and my best friend), and he’s been living at the orphanage for about a year and a half. He is one of the best people I know, and I don’t know what I’d do without him. Not only is he the best cook ever, he remembers exactly what Vlad, Becca, and I like, and will make us our meals accordingly:) He’s great with the kids, and can always be seen with Toffic, who he refers to as his “boss”. Toffic is 12, and is one of the most mild-mannered and hardworking kids at the orphanage. He is always at the volunteer house helping Fifi cook and clean, but they also play together too (like with slinkys in the picture above). Fifi always eats his food with Toffic, and anything Fifi gets, you can bet Toffic will get some of it too. Basically, they’re the sweetest boys ever, and I spend a lot of my time hanging out with both of them.