Something of a Dream.
June 15, 2010 § 8 Comments
Had I never come to Africa, this day would have remained just a wonderful dream that I woke from, instead of woke to.
An estimated 4000 people attended the event. Troops of children dressed in their vibrant school uniforms came flooding down side roads by the hundreds, and when we crested the hill to the advertised meeting place, all expectations were overcome. I was brimming with emotion.
The event was a success beyond belief. Our motorcade consisted of fourteen motorcycles, a truck full of armed officers, our two Flying Kites Land Rovers, a bus from Nairobi carrying the Kenyan National Champion Children’s Choir, and a lorry hauling media crew, live musicians, and a massive sound system. The procession was as much a dance party as it was anything else.
The day’s program was nothing short of madness behind the scenes, but on the surface it unfolded beautifully. 2012 presidential candidate Martha Karua had the crowd in awe, the National Champion Children’s Choir was unreal, and when Jimmie Gait arrived, you would have thought it was the Beatles. Girls were screaming. Kids were jumping the ropes and sprinting to his vehicle. It was crazy!
On cue of his arrival, I ran to a neighboring lot and lit two rockets, one of which left the ground and hissed to a cow pasture where it gurgled in a river before giving a few cows a heart attack. The other blew up right where I lit it, sending me behind a tree laughing and most of the crowd to the ground.
Jimmie plowed his way to the stage in rock star fashion and in the pouring rain had the entire place going nuts. At this point, the program was at it’s end, and I was on the roof, soaking wet, dancing with our kids, feeling the joy and relief of everything leaving my hands. It was a moment of pure happiness.
I thanked the crowd, thanked the many people who helped me in this journey, and received wonderful recognition from the crowd and from Flying Kites staff. Most touching of all though, when I returned home after the long day, all the children rushed me and tackled me to the ground, thanking me and hugging me.
I will post more pictures in the coming days and let them fill in the details. I love you all very much and am so thankful for all your support in each chapter of this adventure!