|Madela Capture Site, Howick|
I have been in South Africa for just under two weeks now and am within the last few days of the second “trip of a lifetime.” My mom will be happy to read this! The plan was to post more often, but time has a way of slipping past and, the adage of “time flies when having fun” certainly applies here. This will probably be my last post until I get home, but certainly not my last commentary on what I’ve experienced while here. I decided to write some reflections of South Africa, with the focus being on the Natal Province since this is where I have spent my time. I have been told the other provinces, like other states in America have their own personalities.
I have been awakened each morning by the musical offering of the Hadeda and other bird life, the hoots and cooing of birds whose calls are foreign to me. Last weekend found me in a beautiful part of South Africa where I experienced the “un-expected familiar” for there were maple and pine trees mingled with spider plants and Eucalyptus trees spotting the rolling green hills of the Midlands, reminding me of the rolling hills of Vermont. Then within an hour I was in the “bushveld” observing Zebra, Giraffe, hippos and rhinoceros in their native habitat.
|I-Care with boys from the street|
|Feeding the men who live at the Taxi Station|
|Leopard's spots orphanage|
|Market in Kwa-Mashu|
I pray I return with greater patience, appreciative of the conveniences I have and not frustrated when they don’t work, as I would like. I pray I remain thankful for what I have and don’t have in my life; remembering there are those in the world who have much less. As I was 12 years ago, I return from South Africa with a different perspective, for which I am most grateful.