after i read the letter, it made me feel a strange feeling in my stomach, like this was a change and i can’t go back now. when i thought about it like this i did a funny backwards walk that giraffes do sometimes to make each other laugh. it goes like this. right feet and toes look down and heels are up, then slide left feet back, then whilst you do that you slowly make left feet and toes look down and heels up. then you do it again but start with the left feet this time and keep going like that. it’s usually fun but noone was there to see it so i got sad.
oh, you might want to know what the letter said. it went like this. ‘your journey has begun. you are a young giraffe, but you cannot be a young giraffe for ever, you must become an old giraffe. but not everyone can become an old giraffe. when we walk we see the sun* far away, but no giraffe has ever found it. you must walk after the sunset. find it and bring it back to us’.
it was signed by lots of adult giraffes, some i didn’t know and some i couldn’t tell their writing. maybe they are the ones that should become old giraffes. i saw my mum had put a heart in the corner. i know it was her because she rights hearts in a funny way. she gives the tops of the heart little necks and faces so they look like giraffes kissing.
when i thought of this i thought of a girl giraffe i met before i had to leave, she was not from our village. she passed through with another group i didn’t no and they stayed in our village for a few days. she was really strange, not like other girl giraffes. i said this to her once and she looked a bit sad, and she didn’t speak to me after that. but she was also really funny and when she smiled it made me smile and i liked her. i hope i can see her again someday.
being bani-shed isn’t very fun, sometimes you just have you and your own thinking. and then sometimes you think you are seeing things. one time i thought i saw a spotty cat far away but that would be silly. so after a lot of walking and seeing things i don’t think were there i got tired, and i sat by a tree.
when i had been sitting there a while, a fly came over to say hi. i think that’s what he was saying, but i never did other wildlife studies, he was going ‘buzz buzz buzz’, you know, a fly noise. he was my friend, he stayed on my neck for some time, it was so long that the sun* began to fall. i didn’t mind so much because he was light and i am heavy. but me and my fly friend had lots of time to think by the tree. later at another time when we were sitting there i noticed two ants on their own routes. they were just walking their own ways, but after a moment one ant bumped into the other. for about three seconds they stopped and looked at each other. and then they carried off again in different directions. i wonder what they said. maybe one ant said ‘good day’ and then the other ant said ‘good day’. i think it’s nice to have a friend you can say ‘good day’ too.
when my fly friend flew away, i became lonely again. i don’t know how i will ever find the sunset. i miss my family and village, but i also think about the girl giraffe and the wildebeest and the scary pink bird that shouts ‘LETTER!’ and dr.loopy, the crazy giraffe with his crazy moon cycle thoughts who sometimes has to stand by the crazy tree. on second ideas, i don’t like thinking about wildebeest, they are so rude.
i guess i must move on now, i must walk after the sunset.
* sun just means hot moon