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Africa: Africa
Posted by Queen Bee, May 30, 2008. 1246 views. ID = 1344


Posted by Queen Bee, May 30, 2008. 1246 views. ID = 1344
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Africa. What about Africa? My cousin went to Africa a couple of years ago with her daughter. They had an amazing time, and brought me back a wonderful photograph of an elephant. I am ashamed to admit that I can't remember the name of the country in Africa they visited, but it either starts with a K or with a Z.

One of the reasons I want to write more is so that I can implant these important details into my memory better. I would like to be a storyteller, but if I can't remember details, then I just won't be any good!

Someday I would like to visit Africa. One of my sons has African genes from his birth father. He came to live with my husband and I when he was five days old and his young mother made the brave and heartbreaking choice to relinquish him to a couple who could give him a stable home. So I think it's important to get some idea of his "roots," especially in a world where bigotry and prejudice against black people is not completely dead yet. I've seen photographs and artwork depicting a beautiful, lush, teeming continent with struggling, striving, smiling, crying, people and bounding, lumbering, soaring creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors. And that waterfall! What's it called??? Dang!

Well, anyway. Africa beckons. And someday a plane will land somewhere on that continent and my family will bumble out with our eyes and hearts wide open.

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This post has been awarded 13 stars by 4 readers.
This post is part of a writing prompt: Alphabet Soup - A


Jun 3, 2008
Kenya? Zimbabwe? I have some friends who are refugees from Sudan. Africa is amazing - and with all the conflicts, a bit unnerving as well.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Jun 3, 2008

Queen Bee
Jun 4, 2008
I figured it out. It's Tanzania.
   ~Posted by Queen Bee, Jun 4, 2008

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