Yesterday morning also started off a bit rough as I made an effort to detach myself from the stress of last minute big decision making and free myself to carrying only my checked baggage. I was empowered to travel to Johannesburg with joy with the help of various wonderful things that I experienced while flying South African Airways!
First of all, the flight attendants were all natives of South Africa and treated all the travelers with great grace and hospitality. I caught myself many times studying their every move with fascination and pride, knowing that we shared the same skin color.
Secondly, I met LeeAnn. LeeAnn is 11 years old and was returning home to South Africa after spending a week in NYC performing a song that led her to winning an international talent show! LeeAnn sat with Melissa, one of my fellow participants on this trip who has such an incredible personality! LeeAnn and Melissa became friends, or more like sisters, on the plane. I was able to meet LeeAnn and I enjoyed hearing her sing a song in Xhosa titled “Click Song.” LeeAnn’s bubbly and friendly personality reminded me of my baby sister Rakayla. She was such a joy, had such a bright smile and made me increasingly excited to meet other South African children!
Finally, the icing on the cake was waking up to the rising of the Sun as we quickly approached Johannesburg. I could not help but to Thank God for this opportunity and for all those who helped make this journey possible.