Monday, February 4, 2008
South African Sojourn - Continued
Okay...I promised an update on my best friend's trip to South Africa,
so without further adieu...here's Diana sticking her toe in the Indian Ocean! (pretty impressive, huh?)
Well, I feel just like a celebrity. You know: Where in the world's Matt Lauer and Diana Black!
Mary's so right. The trip to South Africa was life-altering. For example, I didn't have a sinus infection when I left, but I do now...
No, wait. Maybe there is something a bit more profound to glean from the experience.
Like how courageous and resourceful people can be after hearing a life-altering diagnosis or forcibly removed from their homes, their neighborhoods and required to live in "houses" pieced together with metal scraps and discarded window frames.
How people can rise above wrongful imprisonment and continue to struggle against injustices to humankind.
How strong women are, and how much we are alike regardless of cultural differences.
And how everyone loves to laugh. I believe it was Victor Borge who said, "The shortest distance between two people is a smile."
The opportunity to make this trip and share it with Mary's blogger buddies sure makes me smile.
Okay, I think this is where I'm supposed to say how wonderful she is (right, Mary?), and how without her, I would be nothing. That she has made me everything I am, the woman among women I model myself after as should every other woman in the universe. (Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah...) And she's beautiful and a wonderful writer and my bestest bud. (Those last comments? Right from my heart.)
So thanks, Mary, and all of you who expressed an interest in my little jaunt. May each of you succeed with your own individual "trip of a lifetime." Be it that trek to the mailbox with your first manuscript or to a foreign corner of your imagination and/or the earth.
Hamba kakuhle (Xhosa for "go well"),
Want more pictures? Here's the link to Diana's amazing blog. You'll see amazing pictures of scenery, Diana's "sista sojourners," lions, native birds, and you'll even (almost) see a picture of a giraffe!
South African Sojourn