Sometimes A Glance Is All We Need
Africam - a large family of people from many countries, languages, and beliefs. This often presents a challenge when a writer sits with a pen and a thought, debating how a story should be shared. I find myself in just that dilemma as I wander through the archives of Africam, scanning the names of the dedicated folks that took the time to record, edit, and submit many of the touching and amazing moments from the cams. Some of these folks have come and gone, others have become a part of Africam. They are people we expect to always be here when we settle in for a visit.
This past month, we lost a dear and treasured member of our Africam family, Mr. Morris Butts, known to us as Sassabuck. He was “A true southwestern gentleman”, said a friend when remembering his quiet and honorable ways. Its funny how we can know someone without ever looking in their eyes. I see his nickname all over Africam as I move from page to page, searching for something to add to my writing. It doesn't take me long to realize there is no need to search. Sassabuck was like the wall of a great building, standing straight and tall, never demanding attention or admiration, yet we knew he was there. While with Africam, he made and submitted for our viewing pleasure over 440 videos. Truly a piece of his heart was and will remain in the core of Africam.
As I look at the videos, my mind drifts to the other side of life that Morris lived. He was a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American Football team. He and his wife ran a Trading Post in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, an area where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico come together. A part of the land with deep American Indian history.
While the family of Mr. Morris Butts, our dear Sassabuck, will mourn and then settle in with their fond memories and grateful thoughts, we at Africam are blessed to also have his touch remain with us. A small part of his life, the videos, and the photographs left for us to view again and again help us to appreciate not only the wonders of South Africa, but the wonders of a man that we should consider ourselves very lucky to have known. Yes, its funny how we can get a glance of a mans heart without ever looking in his eyes. We'll miss you Sassabuck, and we thank you for letting us be a part of your life.
One of my personal favorites.... http://www.africam.com/wildlife/onlyyouslideshow
You'll find all the videos our Sassabuck made for us here - http://www.africam.com/wildlife/video-highlights-sassa/18442