Thursday, July 07, 2005

Ah, sweet nostalgia

I'm wearing my African dress today. Here's a picture of me wearing it in Africa. (I'm not as fully decked out today - I left the Maasai necklace at home.)

I love wearing it. It gives me those warm fuzzies... memories of the place I bought it. The Serengetti Stop-Over, a delightful place where we stayed in rondebels (round huts with thatched rooves), and sat sipping African wine (some was good, some was not) in the screened lounge watching the sun set over the Serengetti plains. Aahhh. Just indulge me for a moment and let me go back there in my mind...

It was a day of anticipation. The next day, we would cross the Serengetti. What we didn't know yet was that the next day we would see hundreds if not thousands of amazing animals - elephants, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, lions, warthogs, gazelles, and - did I mention zebras? Thousands of zebras.

But sitting there in the Serengetti Stop-Over, wearing my new dress, I didn't know that yet. I only knew that it was a beautiful moment, that the air was warm and sweet, that I'd already fallen in love with Africa, and that I knew I still had much to anticipate in the coming week. Oh, and I knew that there was a delightful little gecko scampering up the screen door.

Lately, there's been alot of talk about how the G8 can or cannot help Africa address poverty. Nobody has the magic bullet. All I know is that, if you ever have a chance to travel there, I guarantee that it will change your life. It is the most incredible place I've ever been. Yes, the poverty is hard to see, but the people are remarkably strong, full of spirit and wisdom and grace. And they could teach us volumes about living in community and helping our neighbours. I believe that they will perservere and someday, we'll see Africa arise like a phoenix.

Note: If you want to see more of my pictures, you're welcome to check them out at heatherplett.com (yes, I have good intentions of having an actual site there someday, but for now it's just the pictures). Be prepared - there's LOTS of them.


Linda said...

I'm looking forward to the day when I get to go to Africa. I hope it won't be too long.

Gina said...

You look wonderful in that, Heather. How lovely to own such a necklace as that!

I wanted to let you know how much your blog has touched me lately, and that you are a veritable fountain of profoundness!


Stephanie said...

What a great photo! That looks like such an amazing dress. I love the idea of when you put on the dress you put on the memories.

I also wanted to echo Gina's sentiment. I have loved reading your blog, and always wish I had more time to comment. Just know that when I'm reading, I'm saying, "Yes, exactly!" You're such a wonderful writer!

Heather said...

Wow! Such kind words! Thank you Gina & Stephanie.

Jo said...

Are we going to get a slide show of your pictures someday? I very briefly flipped through them. I would love to hear the stories that go with them. So many beautiful people and places.