I’d like to start posting some weekly #TBT posts. Couldn’t think of a better one to start with than this one…
We had just flown in from Dar es Salam, Tanzania and were waiting for our luggage at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Just a normal, uneventful trip home. Until I saw my husband, Shawn, looking intently at a woman with a giant stuffed gorilla sticking out of her backpack.
“I think that might be Jane Goodall.”
If you don’t know who Jane Goodall is, you are officially living under a rock. Buuut I’ll help you out anyway. Dr. Jane Goodall is most known for her work with chimpanzees and is a primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and a UN Messenger of Peace. She has devoted her life to the study of chimpanzees, and conservation. She’s a living legend.
So you can imagine our surprise when we saw a woman who looked exactly like her (we might have googled her on Shawn’s phone to make double sure it was her before we made fools of ourselves!) standing with the rest of us common folks waiting for her luggage. Keep in mind that Ms. Goodall is 81 years old, yet this woman carried her own bags (and was even wearing Chacos, which scored some extra points in my book… Seriously, how many grandmas do you know who wear Chacos?).
Being the brave, calm and collected person that I am, I did everything possible not to make eye contact with Jane Goodall’s look alike and cringed in horror as my husband walked right up to her and without hesitation asked, “Excuse me, are you Ms. Goodall?” Jane’s look-a-like glanced up and quietly replied, “Yes, I am.”
I quickly went from being horrified to awestruck as Shawn went on to thank her for all the research and work she’s done and introduced her to me and Shiloh. I was surprised at how humble and almost shy Ms. Goodall seemed. I’m pretty sure I looked like a total fool as I grinned and no words came out (oh wait… yep, I did. There’s picture proof at the bottom of this post…). Shawn told her how we had visited one of her chimpanzee sanctuaries at Sweetwaters Camp. Then Jane told us about her youth conservation programs and encouraged us to sign Shiloh up for them. Then she agreed to pose for a quick picture.
We collected our bags, exited the airport, and squealed like complete and total dorks the whole drive home.