I wanted to get this story "on paper", because it is one worth remembering.
It is hot in Ethiopia. Hot for us mild tempered Oregonians. Riding in the van was very hot. I usually tried to sit next to a window that I could open. We were on our way to the Zoo. I had Mezmur on my lap and I was feeding her a bottle. I had a cute little shorts outfit on her with no socks. Her legs and feet were bare. We were sitting next to an open window winding in and out of traffic. At one point we had slowed down enough for a man to walk across a couple lanes of traffic (after you go driving around Addis you will know just how crazy that is) to close the window to just a crack. I saw him coming. I thought he was going to ask for money. Instead he closed the window to protect Mez from the elements. He closed the window to protect one of "his" babies. After this experience I kept Mez in pants/long-sleeves/socks to respect the culture of Mez's birth country and to show the people of Ethiopia just how much she will be protected.