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Whistle While You Work by David Shapiro, Richard Leider

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Chapter 4passions—what keeps calling me?

Radiating Joy

I’ve just finished a delicious African feast at a favorite hole-in-the-wall hideaway in Nairobi, Kenya. My taxi driver, a laughing grandmother, is driving me slowly back to my hotel. Sitting in the cab, my belly full, watching the lights of the city pass by, I listen to her deep, mellifluous voice rising above the sound of the old car’s engine.

She’s telling me about her three grandchildren. They’ve been living with her since her daughter’s husband was killed in an accident. That tragedy is mentioned almost as if in passing; her story focuses instead on the liveliness and energy of the three kids and what a pleasure—and a challenge—it is for her to keep up with them.

I express my condolences ...

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