Today was an unending adventure, but that didn’t make today unique. What made today different from every other day in Africa was the following:
1) Getting lost in downtown Durban
2) Almost getting Nat’s iphone stolen by a man who tried to give us directions
3) Spending 2 and a half hours in gridlock traffic getting Zulu shout outs from the insane taxi drivers
4) Mistaking a water main break with a nation-wide drought and stocking up with 20 liters of SuperSpar water.
I went to Happy’s for the first time today. Happy’s is a center focused on providing a quality education to children (primary and secondary) with physical disabilities. We ran into the school’s covered courtyard; the kids congregated to meet us. They came from so many different doors and directions, some pushing others in wheelchairs; some shuffling with crutches or walkers; some hobbling along with the support of available chairs and walls.
The classroom was packed full of eager ears to hear what Chris (a brother from the UK) had to say. He had gotten their attention by giving some quality British slapstick impressions, Scooby doo being a favorite. There must have been 50 kids that showed up. Excitement heightened after hearing the promise of doughnuts if they answered questions about Chris’ Noah lesson correctly.
I took great joy watching their wide eyes of curiosity and smiling faces. Each of them had some physical deformity, which kept them from seeming “normal.” But they didn’t act that way. They were happy, joy-filled, beautiful, beautiful children. As I watched them listen to the story, I was over-whelmed with the breath-taking thought of all of them leaping like a wild kudu (a majestic African Buck) in the kingdom. It is hard to imagine what expression their faces might bare, for most of them were grinning ear-to-ear the whole time we were there.