There are some moments in life that you hardly believe happen. They can be sad moments or happy ones. Nonetheless, you stand still in amazement at what is before you eyes.
Before my eyes I see a very tall creature with beautiful round eyes that reflect my stone-still reflection back at me. The creature’s neck reaches past me towards the ceiling, and its head is two feet from my own.
I am arms length from a female giraffe.
She stands there looking at me while chewing on alfalfa. I smile and let out a tiny chuckle, continuing to fill her barrel with her favorite treat. I can feel the blood rushing through my arms and chest. Naturally, I feel a little nervous, but the amazement is showing through my giddy smile.
The alfalfa starts to irritate me. It has entered my mouth and makes my throat close up. I cough, and Ellie sways her giant neck back.
“It’s ok, girl,” I soothingly talk to her while I back down the hallway to the ladder.
I do not want to leave. I would rather sit and watch these majestic creatures all day. Ellie is a beautiful giraffe with big, brown squares all throughout her body. Giraffes are unique because of their patterns. Not one pattern is the same. I could tell by Ellie. Ellie’s squares were lighter and bigger. They matched her bright and inviting personality. She was much more curious than the other giraffes, and she was always close by my side watching me and smelling me with her hot breath.
As I went down the ladder, I looked back at her craning her neck to watch me.
For two seconds we didn’t move. She stopped chewing and stared at me with those giant, brown eyes.
Then suddenly she opened her mouth slightly and gave me a wink. She turned around and walked away. I went downstairs and left home.
Driving on the highway, surrounded by hundreds of people traveling home from work and school, I think back at my incredible experience. Not many people get to feed wild giraffes. It is a shame they don’t. If more people were able to meet these creatures face to face maybe they would see how important they are in this world.
I want my life to be full of these types of experiences. Experiences that I can learn from. When I look back on that wonderful, bright face, I will remember the beauty this world gives us to cherish and protect.