elegant women effortlessly carrying 5 gallon buckets of water on their heads, no hands. trailed by 2 or 3 small children, also carrying water (in smaller buckets), usually with one hand to steady. now add me, and a couple friends, *attempting* to carry the water on our own heads. it was joyously disastrous!
the sun is bright pink, setting over the savanna. looming baobab trees are outlined in black against the sky as you stand with your feet in the Zambian dust, sipping a gin and tonic. now add friends and cool evening air and blankets. i wouldn't trade it for the world.
girls jumping rope with long grasses tied together, chanting and counting and laughing. they jump in and then as they skip, get lower and lower until they are crouched like little frogs. they jump and jump and jump! now add me, in dirty overalls, years past jump-roping, and laughing as i valiantly make 2 or 3 hops. i want to skip all day.
a high riverbank overlooking a river full of hippos and crocodiles. vervet monkeys scamper through the trees and an elephant silently creeps up to pull branches down for lunch. now add chairs and friends and silence and time. stop here and sit for a long time with me.