February 25th, 2013
We’re nearing the end of our trip. I’m in mourning. When I travel I find myself to be romantic and bold. My hat sits at a jauntier angle. I think it’s a good idea to buy some lacy g-strings despite the post-pregnancy hemorrhoids. My life is scored by an internal soundtrack (the theme music from Out of Africa is currently playing in my head and I am wearing a crisp white shirt and waiting for Robert Redford to arrive in the 1929 De Havilland Gipsy Moth bi-plane). My breasts ride higher and my ass in a skirt looks like two ripe melons in a hammock.
Two days from now I return to the mom-tine: wake kids up, pack kids food, drive kids to school … just writing this incites a Pavlovian reaction to drink gin and tonic.
But I still have one full day of fabulous left. After an arduous travel day from Cape Town to Johannesburg to Nelspruit to our lodge I was a bit flatulent and weary. But I was instantly revivified when I arrived at the Lion Sands 1933 Lodge to this:
I think we can all agree I’m a mediocre photographer at best, because what you can’t see in these photographs is how purple soft the gloaming is in the afternoons, how redolent the air of jacaranda and rich, red bush dirt, how the crickets sing and the hippos bay. (A hippo bay will cause your bowels to tremble in terror. You may, in fact, lose your shit.)
I know this is a sign of my limited literary scope when I trundle out this tired cliche: The bush is a “magical” world, but even better are the people.
Thank you Moses for walking me to my room after dark when I didn’t want to be a bother. I know losing a guest to a famished lion would be bad for business, but more importantly your gentility, chivalry and graciousness would be insulted.
Faith, your passionfruit cheesecake is divinity itself. You will be paying my Weight Watchers bill next month.
Israel, you were always there with warm, moist towels after a safari drive and were quick with the aforementioned gin and toics when necessary.
Lucas you are as kind as you are handsome and made our stay extraordinary.
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