Years and years ago, I visited Lego Land, like any other normal kid. The tour is really extatic when you're that young, but undoubtedly, the best bit has always been the gift shop at the end. Regular kids want, well, Lego - but not me. No way. I was different. I managed to find the only part of the gift shop where they didn't sell Lego. I soon fell in love with a "stuffed" Giraffe. (Yes, even to this day I refuse to admit that my giraffe is "stuffed". Horrible people you are!) My dad foolishly allowed me to buy it and away we came.
Anyway, like most kids I watched TV and I fell in love with a programme called Little Bear - at least I think that was what it was called. On one particular episode and from then on, a charector arrived in a tall box. The other animals gathered around and found out, to cut it brief, it was a Giraffe in the box. It was decided amongst them to call the new arrival, Jolly Tall, as he was, jolly tall, being a giraffe and all!
This giraffe, lead to my Giraffe from Lego Land to be called Jolly Tall - Jolly for short.
I remember one christmas I received a present from my parents: My first Animal Encyclipedia. Natually the most used page is the Giraffe one.
I then added to my family, finding new additons; Jolly's brothers, sisters and children, naming and memorizing each. I ended up with a full shelf of Giraffes including the ones on the front of birthday cards and newspapers. This must have been at least 50+ giraffes, who currently live in my attic.
This crazy passion for giraffes soon followed with me making a collage of giraffe pictures (from a seperate collection of course).
The next upgrade was years later. For chistmas I was given the documents to sponsor a giraffe at London Zoo. I sponsored two giraffe; Crackers, who had a broken leg at the time, and Ellis. These sponsor rights came with an interesting booklet, and a ticket to London Zoo for me and another. Of course, it being London Zoo, I brought my whole family to the event. What a wonderful day it was!
And there finishes the story of why I love Giraffes.
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