Mauricio and his wife are both professors at the secondary school with us. Mauricio teaches Portuguese; Ana Dulce teaches biology. I was thrilled when Mauricio went out of his way to make sure Sarah and I knew that he wanted us at the wedding. He came over one night to talk to me about a project that we are working on, and mentioned that his wedding would be on October 4th: Dia da Paz. It was a Friday, but also a national Mozambican holiday, meaning there was no school and people were free. He told me that he was trying to rearrange money so that he could make sure Sarah and I would be able to attend. I didn't want to put him out by trying to accommodate us, so I asked how much it was so maybe Sarah and I could pay our own way. I don't know what I was expecting, but he said it was 700 mets (about 20ish dollars) per person. I was taken aback at how expensive that was, but after discussing it with Sarah, we decided that it was worth it. Our wedding gift to Mauricio would be that we were present at his wedding....so that's what we did.
|Procession of the bride (walking on capulanas)|
|Bride and groom processing in|
|Officially husband and wife.|
I am so grateful for the opportunity I've been given to witness once-in-a-lifetime moments in Mozambique. Blessed doesn't even begin to cover it.
|Sarah and I with Mauricio and Ana Dulce|