Like millions of other people I was waiting and watching for April, the giraffe to have her baby. I love animals and I love good stories and this event had both. In watching the interactions of April, the keepers, and owner of the facility she seems like such a sweet animal. It was heart-warming to get a glimpse of her gentleness. I really wanted this to be a great success for all of them. As the days turned into months before she had her baby, I began to worry about the what ifs that could go wrong and would make this such a tragedy for all these folks. But luckily that wasn’t the case. Millions were able to tune in to witness the little guy’s birth. It was charming to see April in action as a mom. She was just as tender and gentle with the new arrival as she is with her keepers. The baby though - what a personality right from his first breath. I was so taken by his spunkiness and inquisitiveness. He appeared absolutely fearless. I was fascinated by his struggles to stand and stay standing and how over the course of just the day he got stronger and steadier. I was also tickled by Oliver’s curiosity over the new addition. The whole scene was adorable and gave me all the feels. I wish the new family and all who care for them the best.
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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