|October 2009 - Mali|
Esther, Cassie and I had a lot of good times together including visiting Cassie's village for Ramadan in 2009 and riding our bikes the 60 miles from Esther's site to San to celebrate Thanksgiving in November of the same year. We filmed a video about Moringa in my village and visited the nicest eco-tourism resort in Mali. Of course our most epic creation was our close-of-service video.
From Eccelesiastes 4: 9-12:
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.In Bambara:
Mogo fila ka fisa ni mogo kelen ye, k'a ma soro u be tono gnuman soro u ka barra la. Ni u la kelen binna, do be se ka a lawuli. Nga ni mogo kelen binna, o ye bone ye sabu mogo si te yen k'a lawuli. O cogo la ni mogo fila be da nogon kerefe, u fila be nene bo nogon na nga nin kelen don, o be se ka nene bo a yere fari la cogodi? Ni bin kannikela binna mogo kelen te se. Jurukise saba melekelen nogon na o tige man di.
I love any opportunity to go down the rabbit hole of my old Mali blog posts, pictures and memory lane and Esther and Alaric's wedding is one of the best excuses yet. We have so many wonderful memories together and it was such a blessing to witness their marriage. Just over six years ago we all got on the same flight headed to Mali - I don't think any of us could have predicted where that journey would take us six years later :)
|Giving baby girl some love!|
|So much love for my San-kaw!|