I’ve been a bit overwhelmed at work so I haven’t blogged much lately. In spite of this fact, I’ve still managed to pick up a couple of new subscribers — including (drum roll, please) His Holiness, the Dalai Lama!
I’m tremendously honored by His Holiness’ visit, but astounded that he actually took the time to comment:
Medical scientists now recognize peace of mind is something very important. So now, scientific research brings us more conviction that warm-heartedness is something very important for individual happy life — including healthy body — and happy family, happy community. So therefore do what makes you happy.”
If you read this blog even casually, you know how much I love travel, writing and photography. But what one thing would I choose if I had to focus on what really, truly makes me happy?
I’ve been obsessed with aardvarks since about the second grade, when I first learned how to spell aardvark. I was smitten with the sound of those first two, twin letters — aaaah — the sound I might make as I sip a cup of cocoa. Or plummet off a cliff to my death.
And then there’s “vark.” What other animal can claim “vark” as its second syllable? Go ahead, rack your brain. If you’re like me, you’ll only get the image of a dachshund barking with a thick German accent.
Over the years my appreciation for the aardvark has only deepened, as I’ve come to realize how much I have in common with this strange nocturnal animal. To paraphrase enchantedlearning.com, the aardvark and I:
• are both hairy, burrowing mammals,
• measure about 5 feet (including the tail),
• have a long snout and a sleek, brown coat,
• possess poor eyesight but have a keen sense of smell,
• have teeth made of cement (mine are mostly fillings),
• grow bristles around our small mouths, and
• look extremely goofy when we walk.
We’re also both great lovers of nature.
Anyway, I hope you’ll join me as I say goodbye to HBlog and devote my energy to AardvarkBlog.
I also hope you’ll — eventually — forgive me for pulling the wool over your eyes. To my knowledge, the Dalai Lama has never read my blog. But I really do love aardvarks (and their funny name).
Happy April Fools’ Day!