Part 1 – Some sadness, some gladness.
Tremendous! You have now successfully completed the mind boggling task of Acquiring Small Bucks and nurturing them into Big Bucks. But why stop there? If you can have Big Bucks, why can’t you have Lots of Bucks? So, with the knowledge that “it takes bucks to make bucks” firmly implanted in our brains, we now progress forward.
This is not to say that it is easy to make Bucks. In fact, not only is it hard work but it often comes with a certain degree of loss and tragedy. This is Africa. Wild animals have perfected their survival needs. One such animal is the Caracal (known as the Rooikat in Afrikaans, which, translated means Red Cat). An extremely beautiful, fantastic creature, with long tufts of hair protruding from the tips of their ears. It is similar to a Lynx (which may help you to picture it).
It is also unbelievably agile, catching a lot of prey in flight, by using its’ incredible ability to do the high-jump. Unfortunately, much as I adore these animals, I have to accept that, with its’ instinct to hunt, it found one of my beautiful babies simply too enticing. My sweet baby boy Thaba was, to my great dismay, caught by a Caracal.
I was devastated and found myself in a complete, all embracing depression for longer than I care to mention. However, in truth, nature would have picked Thaba off from the herd, being the smallest, weakest and slowest. The locals were keen to hunt down the Caracal and shoot it! I remained amazed whilst they continued to believe in my insanity status. The Caracal was merely doing what came naturally. It needed food to survive and how could it possibly have known that Thaba was my delight. It is part of natures’ circle and the price I had to pay for the experience that I was granted.
Moving on to the “Some Gladness” portion:
Starbuck, being the real man’s man, went immediately to work. He ensured that the ladies of the group were “honored” with his attention and it was not long before we began to see a change.
Naledi (meaning “Star” in Setsotho) and Pasela (“Gift” in Setsotho), appeared to be gaining weight. Now, we all understand that, as a woman ages, all too frequently a little midriff mass moves in. But Naledi and Pasela are still sprightly young things.
There was only one reasonable explanation, they were pregnant!
And so starts our process of Making Lots of Bucks!