This week we welcome Amanda Deed to Author Memories.
Now married, with three children, Amanda still lives in Melbourne and enjoys the variety of being a mother, administrator/book-keeper, musician
and fiction writer.
Amanda’s debut novel, The Game, was awarded the 2010 CALEB Prize for fiction.
An Unusual Blessing
by Amanda Deed
Well, he’s passed this travel bug on to me, a malady I bear without the least resentment. He would always take us camping as kids. One year he took the family for a three month tour of Australia – up through the centre and down the east coast, covering over 10,000 kilometers (approximately 6,500 miles).
So, we did what all faith-filled Christians do. We prayed and asked the Lord to provide my dad with a pair of large buffalo horns. God does love to bless His children, after all.
We drove into a place called Jim Jim Falls (also in Kakadu), and if you’re ever planning to visit Australia it is one of “must sees” of our country. On the way in, we saw this big daddy buffalo grazing by the side of the road. “That’s the kind of horns I want,” my dad said. Once again we prayed.
A day or two later, when we drove back out of the gorge, we happened to see a huge buffalo, dead on the side of the road. Could this be the same beast? We wondered. Dad wasted no time in stopping the 4WD and having a look. Without going into too much detail about the smell and the maggots and the retching – oops, too much already, eh – Dad managed to slide those two horns off the buffalo with very little trouble.
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