You are lying in bed and you are incredibly tired. Gravity is pushing you onto the matrass, your body just doesn’t want to move anymore. The day has been exciting and exhausting. You can’t keep your eyes open.
Yet, you are suddenly wide awake. Was there a sound? You are not moving, holding your breath. Yes, there was a noise. About three meters away from your bed. You are trying to stare into the darkness, with tensed muscles. Cold sweat starts to appear on your forehead. Your whole body is ready to jump. You listen again. Silence. Your eyes are slowly closing, but you perk up your ears. Your brain shouts “Sleep. Sleep. Sleep fast! Before you hear another noise! Tomorrow is going to be another exhausting day!”. After a while, you fall asleep, still not daring to move, with perked ears.
This is how it felt when we slept in a tent in Tanzania, surrounded by lions, hyenas and water buffalos. This is also how it feels every evening right now when we are going to bed. Who would have thought that African wildlife and a baby have things in common…
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