Giraffe

As a girl growing up in San Francisco, an occasional treat was a visit to the San Francisco Zoo.  While I don’t support animals in captivity, I have to admit that while a child, it was an opportunity to see an animal up close that I might otherwise never see.  I remember the giraffe, tall, lanky, that neck that was so long, seemingly fragile yet strong.  I have an image of the giraffe, splayed legs as he stooped to pick up a piece of fruit on the ground.

The giraffe has a very large heart, larger than any other land mammal.  The biological reason could be due to the lengthy map of a giraffe’s body.  I know so little.  However, I have read that the giraffe, though not sanctioned as such, is an endangered species.  This saddens me.

In the wild, a giraffe can live for 25 years.  In captivity, it varies.

giraffe

 

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I honestly don’t know why this giraffe is blue.  Perhaps that was the color on my brush at the time and I didn’t want to waste it.  So onto the canvas
it went.  What frequently happens is that I see an image in a work in progress, in this case the giraffe, and I bring it forward.  I create a background for it.

Though not realistic, this giraffe certainly has personality.

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In a sense, with this sheltering at home, we have an odd opportunity.  We are experiencing a time that seems outside of time.  For those of who are blessed to have enough and to have our health, we have this sort of break where we can engage our imagination.  How could things be different?  How could things be better?  We are so yearning to return to “normal” whatever that means to you.  Really, was normal so great?  What about our lives and times could be reimagined?  What could be made better?  Not only for some of us, but for all of us?

I read that the Navajo Tribes are facing life and death challenges with the Covid 19 virus.  Most of these people don’t have running water and we know that washing your hands, cleanliness is crucial to preventing the spread of the virus.  I’ve read that the federal government has allotted some monies to help them but the Tribe can’t access the monies due to bureaucracy.  Really!  In a time of emergency direct assistance is blocked!

Can we imagine this scenario a lot better?  Shouldn’t every household in the US have running water, at the very least?

On the altruistic side, 21 medical personnel from UCSF in San Francisco have traveled to the Navajo Nations to give medical support  through its Department of Medicine’s Health, Equity, Action and Leadership initiative.  Doctors, nurses and other health care workers in the two-year fellowship assist with health care needs in rural and disadvantaged communities around the world.  Thank you.

Alright, I step off the soapbox (for now)…but this has brought up something I feel passionate about.  What are you feeling passionate about as you shelter in place?  How can you reimagine it better?

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A sweet video clip of this beautiful animal.

3 thoughts on “Giraffe

  1. Christine,
    I adore the video of the baby learning to stand, and all the loves being given. It’s so sad to think of them being in trouble.
    Right now my passion is to have discernment and clarity about what the government is doing and not doing in many areas. I have to be careful not to get overwhelmed or discouraged. Resiliency and preparedness is a focus.
    I’m trying to find balance with my above concerns and living my life everyday with joy, creativity and hope. Your posts are part of my everyday joy.
    Cathy

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  2. Thank you, Cathy. I agree with you about living life “everyday with joy, creativity and hope.” The online course I’m taking with Pachamama Alliance, as part of the eight-week course, one week is on Grounded Optimism. I appreciate the balance that brings to the challenges that exist and the material that is sometimes more difficult to hear. Sometimes, feelings of overwhelm arise. I allow it and then refocus or walk away for awhile. I return to what is present in my life in the moment. And I remember that I have so much to be grateful for. Thanks for appreciating my blog and for saying so.
    Christine

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    1. Christine, Grounded Optimism, I like the sound of that. I have to limit the flow of information and walk away sometimes for awhile. Art is a great practice for stress relief. Like you, I remind myself to be present in my life in the moment which looks pretty good. 🙂 Love your colorful giraffe painting!
      Cathy

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