Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 45
sense of peace
a very precise way.
It really kind
of knocks you out."
of life on the savannah, and it forces you to
appreciate what's here in all its glory.
We definitely appreciated each other as a
family and bonded like never before. First of
all, we got remarried - we do it every year.
We've done it in the French West Indies, at
Versailles, at the Chapel of Love in Vegas.
Micato knew we wanted a wedding. One day,
the four of us, our guide, and a Masai tracker
drove out to a Masai village. We got out of
our Jeep, and four or five elders appeared.
Before we knew it, they covered us in
gorgeous traditional garb. Maddy got a
crown. The entire village converged on us
with everyone singing and hopping, and
the wedding dance began. Our kids were
just cracking up, which got us laughing. We
laughed harder than we ever had in our lives.
On the last day of the trip, Micato took
us to visit the AmericaShare orphanage in
Nairobi's Mukuru slum. After all we'd been
through as a family that week and a half, we
felt relaxed, as if we'd been cleansed. Then,
suddenly, we were in an intense metropolis
staring into the eyes of destitute people.
But the more we talked to these children
and women, the more we realized that the
orphanage and school were an oasis. People
left behind by ill parents and poverty are getting a second chance. Some of our guides
had been through the program, and we met
other young people who are now medical
students or engineers.
Our daughter just sat down and started
to cry. It touched us all so profoundly: Our
kids decided to sponsor two children, and
we sponsored eight more. Over the next few
After a surprise breakfast
picnic (with omelet chef) in
the Lewa reserve.
years, and perhaps decades, we plan to stay
connected with them and stay connected
to Africa in ways we never imagined. A deep
part of all of us is anchored there now.
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