Saturday, December 6, 2008

Limpopo, Mrs. Payne and admiration

- Having a lovely meeting at the Kalahari Tea Company. Samantha let me choose my tea, Limpopo Lemon and made it for me in a mug with a giraffe neck and head as the handle.

- Hopefully everyone had a teacher who was special to them and my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Payne, was that to me. She used to take an hour in the afternoon and read to us. My favorite was the "Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling, with "The Elephant's Child" as my most favorite of the collection. So when Samantha asked me to choose my tea today, that's why the Limpopo Lemon called my name. After all, who could forget the elephant's child with his 'satiable curiosity who came upon the Kolokolo Bird sitting in the middle of a wait-a-bit thornbush and told him: "... and still I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner! The Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, "Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out." I can still hear Mrs. Payne's Kolokolo voice in my head.

- Going to the Decatur, Ga Candlelight Tour of Homes with friend Barb G. My favorite: The home of an Olympian and former Paralymic Champion designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Wright-like spaces work for him since he is in a wheelchair. A young man showing us the "man cave" (or office) had this to say in admiration, "The only thing that holds you back is yourself."


Jannie Funster said...

"The only thing that holds you back is yourself." Is that a nugget, or what?

You sure do get out a lot and do neat things.

My 3rd grade teacher, Miss Ronalds was it for me. And my 8th grade Mrs Carr.

Lynn said...

I love to get out, but love home time, too. Yesterday afternoon and evening was prime veg out time. :)