Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Way to Get out, except to Get On

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Way to Get out, except to Get On

Article excerpt

Back home, I could have said, "No. No, I don't want to ride a camel! You youngsters go ahead; I'll just stay here and watch."

This wasn't the Griffith Park Zoo, however. This was New Delhi. My nephew's son was celebrating his fifth birthday, and camel rides were part of the fun. If five-year-olds barely higher than the camel's knees could ride the tall, ungainly, brown beast, surely I could.

Getting on was the tricky part.

The camel wasn't happy about kneeling. His loud grunts of protest and the heaving of his hairy sides as his trainer pulled him to the grass told me that. The way his lips curled back from his teeth seemed another bad sign.

"Get on quick and hold on tight!" directed my nephew.

My sister scrambled off. I climbed on before I had time to give the matter further thought.

The camel struggled to his wide, plunger-like feet and swung toward the road. …

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