The Writing Traveler: Passing Out Leftovers by Darlene Jones

Darlene Jones traveling foreign lands on the back of a camel.

A few minutes later she comes back to report that the two airline employees were thrilled with the food and asks if we have more.

At the end of our safari, we’re at the airport in Arusha, Tanzania, waiting for our flight back to Nairobi.

Box lunches have been provided by one of the hotels.

We’ve got a couple of pieces of roasted chicken, a hard-boiled egg, a bun, a couple of pieces of fruit, and a dessert—much more than each of us can eat.

Our group leader comes around as we’re finishing our meal and asks for contributions.

She heads to the Air Kenya counter with a full box of our leftovers.

A few minutes later she comes back to report that the two airline employees were thrilled with the food and asks if we have more.

We do.

Off she goes once more to the check-in counter.

This time, when she returns, she tells us eight employees were waiting to share our donation.

A young girl employed in one of the little souvenir kiosks watches us and shyly asks, “Can I have some too?”

We scrounge the last bits for her.

Later we learn that in Kenya, it is illegal to throw away food.

Darlene Jones is the author of Whispers Under The Baobab. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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