I felt fortunate, too, to get the opportunity to meet Anisa Libuya's family who flew all the way from Zambia to see him receive his bachelor's degree (although I wasn't in attendance for the commencement). Even if I never had Anisa in class, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him as a mentor and through loaning several books to him from my personal library as he worked on his memoir in Sonya Huber's honors course. He truly is one of the most remarkable individuals I've ever met.
I was also thrilled to see Anisa put on his traditional celebration attire at his graduation party after his host mother insisted it was perfect for the occasion. Even better was to continue to make the Zambian connection with Chitunga Chisenga from Bassick High School. Anisa remains a great role model for the possibilities that come through hard work, dedication, perseverance and an intrinsic curiosity about the world.
It is days like this that I feel blessed to have traveled the roads that I have and to have the fortune to meet such interesting individuals along the way.
And it's Monday. Time to get back to work!