Friday, January 28, 2011
a lovely thing
K and I are both orphans at this stage in our lives. K's mum was the last parent to slip through the portal.
She was a tiny feisty woman with the daintiest hands and feet i have ever ever seen. She always walked tall and was always elegant and beautifully presented. Apart from her sons, she loved nothing more than to drive endlessly through elephant country viewing these mighty creatures in their home fields. She loved to talk and socialise, but she was always silent in the elephant fields drinking it all in.
After one of her last visits, she left a beautiful card thanking us and enclosing an amount of Rands to spend on something we would both enjoy. We found it after she was on the plane back home.
Years have passed but the card and its enclosed gift had been kept safely for some special event - a dinner or trip or something. I moved it from place to place to keep it safe, and now and again it would resurface reminding me.
This week we took the card and booked into Shingwedzi camp in Kruger National Park for the night. We drove slowly through the elephant fields and spent time with giant bull elephants as they rested, or fed, or travelled, or jostled with their mates. We had dinner in the restaurant and breakfast the next day at Mopani camp overlooking a huge rainfilled dam. We felt her presence with us all the way and it was a day she would have loved.
I keep thinking, how wonderful to leave a small something, that can be treasured and enjoyed long after you have shuffled off the mortal scene. Something that is not a Will or a legacy - a simple gift that says so much and keeps the connection alive and real.
Thank you Dot - and yes I will refresh the card for another date