Meet little Mialy, Mia, and their father…known simply as Baba. They—along with 15 other siblings—made up my host family during a time spent in the arid region of southern Madagascar, where I was doing research on the Antandroy communities.
I often think back to this family with bittersweet fondness. When I was there, I was profoundly inspired by their love for life and their appreciation of the simple joys it brings…while endlessly cheered by their wide grins and generous laughter.
But now, when I glance at this photo, their visage seems to reveal a truth much deeper…and my heart aches a little.
Nevertheless, the sound of their laughter will remain with me forever, and I am thankful to have met them…and grateful for the lessons they taught me in treasuring the simple moments in life.
Because today, we would simply like to wish you a lovely day…
and to tell you all that you are beautiful…and that you are loved.
Oh wait. Huh?
What was it we were going to say again?
It seemed to have slipped our mind…
Well, whatever it was—we wish you all a wonderfully lovely one!
In honor of today, Samantha and Puppydoc have decided to set aside their genetic differences to don these appendages, so that they,
with proper enthusiasm, could wish you all…a Happy Easter Day.
And we hope you have a wonderful one!
As we start a new week, I would like to encourage you with some of my favorite words from Emily Dickinson:
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Wishing everyone out there a wonderful and blessed week.
It is true that when it comes to guard duty,
Puppydoc doesn’t particularly seem to know what she’s doing…
Despite that, we would still like to wish everyone out there a safe and comfy April week!