We realized that, while with most things, Mea was very easy-going, there were a few “new” things in her life that caused her distress.
1. Snow and being bundled up in cold weather clothes. When we first got home, we had transitioned Mea from summer in Ethiopia to winter in America. Mea’s home country never goes below around 50 degrees anyway. They experience rain and little amounts of sunlight in the winter (our summer), like Alaska, but not winter-like temperatures.
As a result, we battled to bundle her in cold weather clothes – she hated feeling constrained! She was also a bit scared of snow when she first saw it. She likes it just fine now.
In Ethiopia, people don’t usually have animals inside the house. At any rate, Mea never lived with animals. So when we brought her home to a big dog and a cat, she freaked out.
2. Nemo was a big black dog – she did not like him at all. She cried every time he came near. We eventually had to find him another family to live with because she was so scared of him.
3. Our cat was usually out of sight. But not always. One time, she thought she would be friendly and approach Mea, who squealed. When the cat walked away, Mea peered around the couch to see if she was still there – she came back (thinking she found someone to pet her), only to be greeted by Mea squealing again.
Mea eventually got used to the cat, but doesn’t care for them much. A few years ago we got another, smaller, yellow dog. Mea loves Becca and cannot play with her enough.
It is funny how things that other kids usually like, because they were foreign to her, caused her great distress, when she first came home.