Buffalo on the Mountain
He had come to Africa to fight the pain of losing his wife to cancer. She’d been gone nearly two years and the kids were grown and out of the house and he was learning to live again on his own — so he let himself be talked into going on safari.
He was full of the typical comments from first-time safari-goers about how wonderful Africa was and about how it had changed him and he wasn’t wrong, but it isn’t until you leave Africa that you truly begin to love her because time and separation are necessary to appreciate what you’ve experienced.
He was a man who loved his wife fully and completely when she was here and he’s learning that love continues to grow even after we think it’s gone. The loss is what teaches us to love and, once you’ve experienced it, you know that nothing you love is ever permanent and so you are able to love more deeply.