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A Patch Kid shares her journal from South Africa.

If you're ever in a place away from home, you might get homesick. I did. But that didn't stop me from taking in all the amazing things around me. South Africa is a place unlike any other, with a beauty that isn't just on the outside. Everything there has a story behind it; the animals, buildings, and especially the people. Being in South Africa opens up your mind to all the beauty in the world.

I’ve seen the sky as it is.

I’ve seen a lion lie like a puppy.

I’ve learned the medical value of elephant dung.

I’ve seen impala at their finest, jumping like their legs are made of coil.

I’ve seen an elephant pose for photos and clear the path for our van.

I’ve seen people being nicer than I’ve thought possible.

I’ve seen hippos at night and day; also the sight of their yawns.

I’ve seen alligators acting perfectly innocent.

I’ve seen rhinos eating like there’s no tomorrow.

I’ve seen giraffes nibbling at the top of trees.

I’ve seen trees as thick as huts.

I’ve seen the elegant leopards and cheetahs.

I’ve seen the za-zoos in all their beautiful glory.

I’ve seen birds of beautiful colors flying.

I’ve seen fish leaping

Crickets chirping

Water rushing

Grass growing

Lizards darting

The sun rising

And setting.

I’ve seen water buffalos and gnus.

I’ve seen zebras napping, grazing and taking care of each other.

I’ve seen baboons wrestling, cleaning and walking.

I’ve seen the moon shine as bright as the sun.

I’ve seen plants of exotic looks and colors.

I’ve seen emerald and turquoise water.

I’ve seen cheetahs and leopards strolling down the road.

I’ve been threatened by an elephant and zebra.

I’ve seen turkey-like birds with their babies crossing the road.

I’ve seen more than I can remember.

But the world is more free than I ever thought possible.

And I’ve walked on rocks showing the layers of time.

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Walter Joyce May 31, 2011 at 01:27 PM
PEACE! Oh, Thank ou Holly. A Beautiful exerience shared with beautiful words and beautiful pictures. Thank you. I was touched by your words.
Walter Joyce May 31, 2011 at 01:27 PM
above is from uncle mike on Walter's computer.
Jeanne Thiemann May 31, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Holly, that was beautiful! Pure poetry. Are you planning to be a writer?
jim joyce May 31, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Holly - You have enjoyed a magical experience, one never to be forgotten. Now tell me what a "za-zoo" is. It is not in my dictionary. Is it in yours? - Uncle Jim J.
Bob Krasner May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Beautiful piece and photos !
Barry Kaufman May 31, 2011 at 11:41 PM
There are those experiences that you will never forget. Enjoy forever.
Rita Townend Boratav June 01, 2011 at 05:56 PM
This was so nice to read and love your photos! I love elephants too. I'm glad your Mom mentioned it on Facebook.
joan lee June 02, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Holly, Nancy Sobieski shared your story with me. I am so glad she did. You wrote so beautifully I felt that I was there, Joan lee
Walter Joyce June 02, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Holly - Beautifully written and great photo's - makes me want to go and see everything you described - your a lucky girl and a great granddaughter - Thanks for sharing your trip with photo's - Love, Grandpa Joyce
L. Klonsky June 02, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Holly - What a magical trip! And what wonderful pictures! Appreciating the gifts around you is a special quality and you, girl, have it.

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