Africa

Simple Moments.

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. 

ambarofamilyl


26 replies »

  1. I took Anthropology last year and found it so interesting and enjoyed the class so much more than I had expected to. I would love to be able to travel and do research and learn about other people and cultures as you mention here.

  2. Glad to have you back. I now understand why you have not been posting your wonderful stories . Thank you for sharing this one.

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