I was so touched by this article about this young man adopted by another AAI family. What an incredible young man !
Life on this planet is not so peaceful. Even the coming summer Olympic Games in China has bared the ugly side of human existence that we all would like to hide from. Sometimes we can't hide, because it hits us square in the face with 24-hour TV news channels that blare out the death, the destruction we inflict on each other.
I was vividly reminded of the chaos we hear and sometimes see on TV when I listened to the story of Ashenafi, who they know at North Kitsap High School as Ashy Carlson, an 18-year-old adoptee from Ethiopia who's amazing foot skills for the Viking soccer team are the best I have seen around here.
Carlson was a key component in the Vikings' drive to get to the postseason. They ran out of gas one win short of the Class 4A state tournament, but it wasn't for the lack of trying on the part of Carlson. His quickness at forward, his ball skills, and especially the inspirational story he carried with him helped lift the Vikings.
For nearly eight years Carlson lived on the streets of Addis Abada, the capital of Ethiopia before David and Cathy Carlson of Poulsbo adopted him.
Carlson's turn for the worse started when Ashy's mother died at childbirth and his father soon after disappeared. His younger siblings were sent to an orphanage, but because he was nine he was told he was too old to join them. So he was on his own, swallowed up by the streets where thousands like him live. READ MORE