and She and Necklaces
Magee works in the field of pediatric rheumatology and
loves it. She is also a true Journeywoman, a woman who
absolutely loves to travel. While Shona has had many wonderful
travellin� adventures she insists that even her bad experiences
have been positive. This story is about one of the very
good ones. Shona writes...
Before going to Africa
I had decided to pack some things that could be used for
trade or barter. I was backpacking for almost a year so
was on a strict budget and only had room for some jewelry
and a bag of Kazoos I bought at a dollar store.
A group of shy children stood watching...
A part of the trip was
spent on a seven week camping safari from Zimbabwe through
Botswana, Malawi and Kenya. One night after setting up
camp in the wilderness of Botswana, we sat by the fire
listening to the wild noises of the night and talking
about our days' adventure. Out of what seemed like no
where, a shy group of children stood watching us from
the distance, curious about these strangers in their midst.
We invited them to join us but they were too shy and wouldn't
come any closer.
They tried out their new toys...
remembered the Kazoos in my backpack and ran to get them.
I hummed a rendition of Mary Had A Little Lamb and it
took only a few minutes to overcome their shyness in order
to try out these wonderful new toys. The Kazoos helped
bridge the gap between strangers and they were so thrilled
with their musical talents that the soon-annoying hum
from the Kazoos could be heard echoing well into the night,
and I became very unpopular with my exhausted fellow travelers!
She trades her Masai necklace...
The most rewarding
trade came, however, when I met a Masai mother with her
baby wrapped at her hip. She was very tall and beautiful
and held herself with great pride. She also wore an abundance
of traditional Masai jewelry which fascinated me. I wondered
how I could get to know her and thought of what we might
have in common -- of course, the jewelry!
I went to my backpack
and came back wearing necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
We found some shade under a tree and sat for quite some
time admiring each other's adornments, trying to communicate
as best we could. Eventually we made a trade and to this
day I am proud to say I have a beaded Masai necklace which
hangs with other mementos of my travel adventures. I hope
somewhere in Kenya another young woman is proud to have
a memento of her visit with a traveler from Canada.
Women�s words on giving...
cheerful giver does not count the cost of what she gives.
Her heart is set on pleasing and cheering her to whom
the gift is given.
(Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, 1373)
We are rich only
through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
(Anne-Sophie Swetchine, 1869)
A gift -- be it a
present, a kind word or a job done with care and love
-- explains itself! And, if receiving it embarrasses you
it�s because your "thanks box" is warped.
(Alice Childress, 1956)
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