The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
Last night I went to sleep with the love of elephants radiating through my heart. I am deep into The Elephant Whisperer and utterly entranced with Lawrence Anthony’s saga about bringing a rogue herd of wild elephants to his game reserve in Zululand.
The book is full of adventure, danger and the excitement of life in an African game reserve. However, most stirring for me is watching the growing relationship between Lawrence and the elephants. "Getting to know you / getting to know all about you..." What a rare and beautiful treat to converse with a herd of wild elephants!
I am reminded of the year I got a puppy. I decided that unlike the previous dog, which rarely left home, Sasha would go everywhere with me. I’ve dubbed that time, *The Year of the Dog.* I focused so much on what she wanted, who she was, that I now regularly feel sad at how other dogs are treated.
There was also some sadness, an apology in the love swirling through me as I fell asleep that night. I’m sorry, I whispered, sorry that elephants have often been treated so badly. Does every animal, that is given loving attention, have worlds to teach, have the possibility of communicating love? Perhaps the most common things that we pass by every day, are holding oceans of love.
" I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." – George Washington Carver