HIM: Can I tell you something?
He leaned in close and I bent down so he could whisper in my ear…
HIM: I’m African!
ME: (excited) You ARE? That’s wonderful. What part of Africa are you from?
HIM: (still speaking softly) Senegal.
ME: Wow! Tu parles francais aussi? (I had spoken a little French earlier in my presentation)
ME: And do you speak Wolof as well?
HIM: (with a small smile) Yes.
ME: Wow–that means you can speak THREE languages. Good for you!
And then another child tugged at my arm and I tried to answer everyone else’s questions before my time was up. I never have to wonder why I do what I do, why I write what I write…