My Kindred Heart

Josiah jumping into a pool at the edge of Victoria Falls, South Africa

How odd to see a version of yourself walking (or jumping) around in male form. This is the way I feel about my son who is currently working for a small start-up company in Cape Town named Virtual Mobile Technologies, founded by two South African brothers, Wilter and Arno du Toit.

As if some serendipitous encounter consumed us—on different continents during two separate eras—my past met with his present as he sought to define his future.

Monique's photo from Kruger National Park, South Africa

He is my kindred heart, although I suspect he did not know this until his quest to attend business school. During the application process, Josiah had to answer soul-searching questions that merged his heritage with his destiny.

Josiah, little Moses, overseeing our former ministry team setting up a tent.

 

Through this process of searching to understand his familial and spiritual roots, gratitude flowered. He expressed his thanks to me through a tribute written in the form of a MBA application essay, the entire content of which I cannot share until after the application process ends. Yet this line from the rough draft copy made me weep uncontrollably:

At the time she was just a single mother doing her best to raise a family. She didn’t realize that during the process she taught me how to become a man.”

Yes, Josiah is a man, a lion-hearted man embarking upon his life’s quest. Fearless and determined, calculated and strategic, he embodies the spirit of youthful optimism that will change this world.

A photo Monique took from their little suburban car window while on their African Safari

He reminds me to never forget my youthful ambitions to travel the world in search of bringing hope to those less fortunate.

The following is my email reply when he told me about the essay tribute:

“I can’t wait to read the final product. You mentioned it is quite personal and goes into some depth about your and my relationship. I think I’d better get some kleenex handy for a good cry. I will send you the link to the post I titled, “Imparting the spirit of Superman.” It is about our overcoming, you, Elya, and me. I love and miss you so much my chest aches, but I know you and Monique have walked into your destiny and for that, I will share your joy and not mull too much over my pain.

Josiah and Monique Swimming with sharks in South Africa

When I went through the links of the company you work for, especially the nonprofit, my heart soared. I could see you sitting at that table of innovators strategizing as to how you could help the people of Africa. Josiah, I am so proud of you!

From Josiah's blog "Entrepreneurship Across the World"

When Justin and I watched “The Social Network,” about the founders of Facebook, we kept on saying, “Doesn’t that remind you of Josiah, Monique, and their friends?” You are the generation with the potential to change the world and I am delighted to sit in the grandstands and cheer you on!”

Love,

Mom

Monique and Josiah flew over Victoria Falls

 



Although I have many kindred spirits who collaborate with me as I search for my destiny, there is one who is my kindred heart. This is a wonderful young man who walks on foreign soil and sends the spirit of adventure and altruism back to me with every word he pens and photo he shoots. Thank you son, for reminding me that there is a world larger than my worries, ambitions, or dreams.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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15 Responses to My Kindred Heart

  1. duke1959 says:

    What a special relationship. Cherish that with all of your heart. Trust me having just the reverse realtionship with mine is one of my greatest voids.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Duke, I greatly appreciate your comment and understand. I’ve had former seasons of time when my relationship with my children was strained. I’m glad we are at peace with each other and pray the same happens with you and yours.

  2. panicmonster says:

    what a wonderful post.
    the pictures are breathtaking

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  4. William Kendall says:

    Outstanding pictures, by the way.

    Jumping into a pool of water at the edge of Victoria Falls…? Whoa.

  5. Shelly says:

    You bring tears to this funny girl’s eyes.

    Shelly

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Thanks Shelly. I’ve really got to lighten up and have just the post to do so coming soon. I just miss my traveling kids so much lately. I appreciate your clever and yet touching comment.

  6. Slamdunk says:

    Incredible photos and adventures. I can see why you are so proud of him–and he rightfully gives you lots of the credit for his success.

  7. Barbie says:

    Great Post friend! Soon you will have one home! Josiah is having the time of his life and he will remember this forever! So will you! 🙂 B

  8. phyllis says:

    JoDee, what a wonderful post. I remember so well out time in the Netherlands, though mine was much less time, I was changed forever. There is something so special about seeing other parts of the world and learning to know other heart’s in search of their own destiny. Thanks for sharing. and for allowing me to be a part of your life.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Phyllis, our time in the Netherlands was personally transformative. Yet what I treasure the most are the friendships that developed. I will always reserve a special place in my heart for you and am thrilled that our paths of destiny have intersected once again.

  9. Gina Wilson says:

    Sissy,
    I loved the post, and the pics of Josiah and Monique. I’m working on a collage photo frame of your kids and their adventures. The pic of Josiah jumping and He and Monique flying will be perfect. I was able to copy and paste, so I’ll let you know how it prints up.
    As always, I love you.
    Sissy G xoxo

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