A Garden Safari with Marco Tonoli
Posted by Marco Tonoli
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Hello everyone, and greetings from Cape Town, South Africa. I hope this finds everyone in good health and good spirits as we all in some way endure this period of isolation and social distancing. We are now halfway through our nationwide lockdown in South Africa, with very strict terms keeping us all in our homes at all costs. Naturally, for a person who spends so much time traveling and in wide open spaces around the world, this certainly has been a time of making some grand adjustments to my life.
While the conditions that have placed us all in isolation are not ideal, this forced time has become an experience I am, strangely enough, grateful for. All those “to do” items on my many lists are slowly being crossed off. All those books I have been wanting to read have finally been pulled off the shelf and are filling up the quiet evenings. And my garden has never looked better.
But the biggest reward of this situation is time with my family. My wife, Tarryn, fortunate to be able to work from home, is here alongside me with our two girls, Asha and Amelie, who are both a little over two and a half years old. So, after these past few years of leaving my wife to man the fort while I explore the globe, it is time for me to put on my battle gear and head into the trenches.
It’s full-time dad right now, with two very busy, curious and strong-willed little children. And I am loving it. Every morning we head out through our garden on our “safari walk” searching for wild creatures hidden amongst the vegetation. Granted these creatures are only about two inches long, but my little “safarians” are now super keen spotters and can rattle off an impressive list of creatures, with the odd dinosaur thrown in.
Next, we are on to animal sounds, and it amazes me each day just how those little minds absorb more and more. Their repertoire is getting impressive. Then it’s on to our daily “itinerary”. (That’s the guide in me, unfortunately.) A daily schedule of fun games and skills to keep those little minds learning and those little bodies busy. As busy as possible please, and by the end of the day it’s two exhausted bodies and minds.
While my days aren’t spent searching for wild and exotic creatures, or discussing the evolutionary history of Felids, to see two curious minds grow and learn and smile while they do so is truly a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Happy days and still loving life. I hope you all are too.