Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey (“Hi” by Anne M. Freeman)
I titled this photo of two young Maasai shepherds “Hi” to reflect on that universal gesture of greeting, the waving of a hand. I was traveling in my safari group’s jeep on our way to the Serengeti National Park when we passed these two beautiful children who were tending a flock of goats all on their own in some great expanse of grassland. When they grow some, they will tend herds of cows. It made me wonder at how we baby our children in this culture (USA)!
The Maasai language has many actual greetings for men, women, old men and old women, young men and young women, a general welcome greeting, a morning greeting and so on. Their focus on greetings and each person’s standing in their community is interesting. Much more value is placed on each individual, I believe, as they all have important roles in society. Children are given responsibilities at incredibly young ages, and elders are revered and continue to contribute to their society. I think we could learn a lot from the Maasai – and be much happier for it!
Travel is a wonderful addition to anyone’s life journey, as it can bring us out of ourselves to discover that our tiny portion of the world doesn’t have to lay sole claim on us … we are free to open ourselves to new ideas, new ways of doing things, and new ways of seeing the world. Expansive!!
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