Tuesday, February 16, 2010
First, the mama giraffe has to remain standing during the birth. If she sits, she'll crush the baby. What this means is that poor baby giraffe has a SIX FOOT drop to the ground when it's born....head first, I might add.
Second, baby giraffes are generally standing on their new legs within 30 minutes. Uh, yeah, because that's where the food is. It's not like when human babies get handed to their moms, cozy, wrapped-up and laying in our arms. Nope. Mama's up high. It has to work for it.
Let's review. Hit the ground with my head from a six-foot drop, then I have to work like crazy to get my new legs to work...in order to eat. No time to rest, get used to the light of the world, the feel of the grass...simply survival of the most determined.
Well, on second thought, we may be more like that baby giraffe than I thought. We have goals, dreams and desires that feel like they are outside of our reach. We may feel like we've been dropped on our heads with only four wobbly legs as tools. Let's take heart and follow the way of the baby giraffe. Our life may be at stake.
* Squeamish Warning: Actual giraffe birth with head-drop and wobbly legs - not exactly 'pretty'*