Kilimanjaro. It's the highest
mountain in Africa, you know. I told the
kids at school and they thought I was
We were in geography class, studying
Indonesian volcanoes. Amir had
just told his latest knock knock joke:
we groaned, Amir said that Java
volcanoes were puny compared to Mount
Kilimanjaro in Africa. He claimed that
Kilimanjaro is higher than any of the
Alps in Europe or the Rockies in
Lava those craters in Java
That's when I mentioned that
mom climbed Kilimanjaro.
Even my best friends didn't believe me.
Amir said 'I
just can't see your mother climbing a
added Lizzie 'She
doesn't jog or roller blade or anything.'
my mother doesn't look athletic but she
reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. I've
seen the pictures and certificate. So I
opened my big mouth and blurted out 'She
did so climb Kilimanjaro'
and our teacher asked me to prepare a
presentation on the trek. He said
it would fit right in with his unit on
Africa. Everyone thought it very funny
that I had extra homework.
I told mom it was her responsibility
(a word I hear often) to make the
presentation as she got me into this by
climbing the mountain. I wouldn't
exactly say she agreed with me, but she
helped. She showed me slides and notes
on Tanzania and they were cool. I didn't
show anything to the other kids when
they needled me about it, just told them
to wait and see.