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all there is to it

November 30, 2009

Many of you know that one of my hobbies is following what could be the last of our planet’s mountain gorillas. I do it by reading (almost daily) accounts of rangers and veterinarians on the front lines in places like Virunga National Park (Congo). Blogs and news services help me do this, and from time to time, I send a few dollars to the agencies doing the work.

I mourn the deaths and celebrate the births in the gorilla families, and I have to tell you that it’s an amazing — albeit virtual — connection. Watching these creatures and learning about their lives makes me more human. I’m sure you’ve heard people say that before. But in addition, my affection for them makes me more me, more Carolee.

Today, an update I received about confirmation of a recent birth made me more Mother. It contained the photo I’ve put into this post (photo credit: Ranger Kazerezi Barigomwa, who works at the foot of the Nyiragongo Volcano). It tells many stories: one about this first-time mom, one about this family, another about this species and another about this region, still another about what resources are disappearing from our planet right before our eyes.

In addition, this is the story it tells me: our intellects and egos complicate the role of motherhood unnecessarily. I think about how I’ve punished myself with expectations and failures and other wonderings. Look at this mother and her baby. Attention. Affection. In this moment. That’s it. All there is to it.

  1. November 30, 2009 9:56 pm

    🙂 lovely post.


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