Although we were unable to successfully get a triple selfie this week, the three of us (Samantha, George, and I) would still like to wish you a wonderfully lovely week.
As a side note, George has been adjusting beautifully from his wandering homeless doggy life to being flooded with love and attention in his new forever home.
Although we are still working on perfecting our group selfie skills,
George, Phoebe, and a miniature Samantha would all like to wish you a wonderfully fluffy start to the week.
Meet George. He was homeless for a long time, but now he is a part of our family!
P.S. Samantha approves of him.
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.