Kate and I visited a school in rural Patna today. Oppressive poverty mixed with lush green rice paddies, stifling heat, a little boy riding a water buffalo, goats painted pink and yellow, and stunning colorful saris.We sat in a circle with 15 girls attending our Girls First program. One of the girls sang us a beautiful song.
Then they asked me to sing. I said no, I didn’t really have any songs to sing.
They begged and begged me to sing, so I said Kate and I were married recently and at the wedding my daughter and I surprised her with a song. But my daughter is not here and I couldn’t sing it without her.
They said we are all your daughters.
I said but it is a very emotional love song for me, and I will cry.
And they said then we will cry with you.
So I sang a few bars…with visions of my wife, my daughter, all daughters, all sons, all fathers, all mothers rushing through me. The joy and the tears of life…and I promptly broke down.
And was held by love.