I guess I need to start October off right – who knows when I will post again. So, from “family life”, here is a reflection. And don’t spend too much time trying to figure who that unnamed one is!
It was always fun when our children returned from their boarding school. Sometimes pressures of mission work took over but we always tried to have a special time together during their time home. Often that “special time” involved a safari or a camping trip to the Serengeti. The only problem with the Serengeti camping – I was the only one willing to get up at night to stoke the campfire we kept burning to keep the hyenas at bay and, maybe, also those lions which were roaring off in the distance.
During the day, while camping, we drove all over looking at the animals. This one time, we were surrounded by a troop of baboons – staring at us, walking all around; coming closer for a better look. One of our daughters, whose name will not be mentioned at this time, didn’t like them looking at her. They scared her ‘to death’! So as to prevent the baboon from seeing her, she lay down on the floor in the back of the Land Rover. That gave her confidence that she would survive! From then on, whenever we came across other baboons, she would protect herself that way saying “the bad-boons can’t see me now”!
Often, when the kids were going back to school in Kenya, we drove up taking the shortcut through the Serengeti – Ndabaka Gate entrance, to Seronera, to Lobo, to Kleins Camp, across the border and the Mara River to Keekorok, to Narok, to Kijabe. It was a great trip and we were able to view many animals on the way – kongoni, topi, grantis and thompson gazelles, impala, wart hog, hyena, zebra, buffalo, ostrich, sometimes lion. It seemed all this wildlife soon became “old hat” to the kids. “We’ve seen them all before”.
This one trip up to Kenya was no exception. Wildlife all over! The “old hat” attitude took over. We cleared Keekorok and drove onward across part of Masailand. As we drove into Narok some vestige of excitement became evident. After all, we were getting nearer to Kijabe!
Suddenly one of the children (again unnamed because we had only one son), shouted, “Look, look. A donkey!” After passing through all that wildlife, finally! An animal in a “civilized” area. PERSPECTIVE!