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 A word from Curt

Ambushed.  They never saw it coming but I did.

I believe you’ll like today’s post.

A reminder that no moment or day in Africa can be predicted.

A story that follows our daily tripod:

Be curious

Be amazed

Tell about it.

Enjoy!

Ambushed.

They never saw it coming.

The two men were enjoying an outdoor breakfast.

Their table, sit among the greenery of southern Uganda,

commanded a stunning view of Lake Victoria.

 

I saw the burglar stealthily sidling up to their table.

A yellow cat under the table saw it too

And wisely ran for safety.

 

The big monkey attacked with pinpoint laser focus, snatching away the banana off the table before the men could say, “cat.”

As they yelled, the thief retired to a respectable distance and ate the banana, skin and all, in slow delicious bites.

I’m not sure vervet monkeys can grin but that was the look on the thief’s face.

Grinning as he chomped down his stolen breakfast.

Vervet monkeys look cute but they are always trouble!
Vervet monkeys look cute but they are always trouble!

A troupe of younger monkeys chattered nearby to each other, “When I grow up, I want to be just like him.”

 

King Monkey glanced from his admirers

to the yellow banana,

then the yellow cat,

to the astounded men,

and finally me.

He was king of all he surveyed.

 

The ambusher waiting on his next victim.
The ambusher waiting on his next victim.

The men joined in my laughter at the heist.

At least they had a sense of humor about it.

 

Once again, I was reminded that Africa is an amazing place.

Amazing in so many ways.

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There are things to laugh at daily.

There are always people and situations to make one smile.

But on some days, Africa can be amazingly bad.

On those days, I call it “awfully bad.”

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Africa is “awfully good” on most.

But it’s always awe-ful.

In a word, amazing.

 

Reminder to self: 

Be curious

Be amazed

Tell about it.

King Mockingbird

 

 

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About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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