Growing up in small-town Canton, Ohio, I always longed to interact with different cultures.
I watched foreign movies on television, read stories about people with pen-pals in far-away places, and when color photos came out I loved looking at beautiful images of distant places. It wasn’t until my first trip to the Bahamas that I learned that a picture, no matter how brilliant, cannot begin to capture the breathtaking beauty of a destination. You need to actually travel there.
Delta has helped me to experience many different cultures since that time. Through my travels, one thing I have discovered that there are so many little-known, natural products that have been used for years to satisfy needs that I grew up addressing with chemicals.
For instance, my husband is from Ghana. I always thought he would be very impressed with the softness of my skin; after all, I had spent a small fortune over the years buying creams and lotions designed to keep me soft and smooth. Yet he never said a word about it. One day, I took the time to feel his skin, and I learned why. Although he had been in the military for over 30 years, his skin was as soft as a baby’s bottom. What was his beauty secret?
Pure shea butter—an inexpensive, natural product in Ghana that we merely hope to see some semblance of among the long list of chemicals in our creams and lotions, yet so gentle you can use it to cook! Who knew that?
We are experiencing a budding awareness and appreciation for natural, chemical-free, environmentally friendly products. Ideally, I would love to be a liaison—researching and traveling to different countries served by Delta, and returning with products and cultural knowledge that will help us to enjoy an improved quality of life, as well as expose some of their products to a broader market and stimulating the growth of international cargo—“giving wings” to a win-win partnership.
Meanwhile, perhaps we could begin sharing information with each other right here on the blog about helpful, practical or little-known uses for natural and unique products from various countries.
Have you discovered any foreign products that you can’t live without?