My dads presence was strong the moment I landed in Benin. There were too many hearts to take pictures of. They showed up in puddles, leaves, rocks, trash and even jewelry. I'll share two of the most important signs from my dad. The first was on our safari. We stopped for lunch at a small resort in the middle of nowhere. There was a man selling local items in a tiny little hut. Sarah was helping me do some bargaining because she spoke French and knew who to get a good deal too. As I was buying a few items I looked down last minute and saw one single heart ring among all the other items. There were no other rings for sale but for the one I found with a heart on it.
My second sign from him brought me to tears. It happened on the start of our field trip and it wasn't a heart. Anyone who knew my dad knows that he would always look at people in the eye, smile and say hi every time he passed someone on the street. The day before our trip sarah mentioned that the people of Benin may look like they are mean mugging you but that they aren't, all you have to do is smile and say hi. So the whole time we were in Benin we did that. It was the most beautiful thing seeing them go from a serious face to a huge smile. So as we were driving to our field trip and seeing all the smiles, I felt my dads presence so strong. I broke down in tears quietly in my seat and smiled. Thank you dad. ❤️ I love and miss you so much. #signsfromabove #hearts #finditineverything #benin #westafrica #missyoudad