KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | January 2017

Baboon Crossing!

By Kati Britton

You see all kinds of traffic signs. “Stop.” “Yield.” 

Even those with the picture of the leaping deer to tell us deer might be crossing. But have you ever seen a “Monkey Crossing” sign?

When I was young, my parents were missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in central Africa. Sadly, the Congo didn’t have a school I could attend, so they sent me to a small boarding school in Kenya called Maxwell Adventist Academy. It was located about a 30-minute drive from town. We saw wild gazelles running around campus, birds of many colors and shapes, huge beetles and bugs, beautiful flowers and trees.  When I attended, there were 50 boys in the boys’ dorm and 50 girls in the girls’ dorm. We were like family.

One afternoon I had to go into town to buy some things. After receiving permission from my teachers, I got into one of the vans scheduled to drive students into town that day. We took off on the narrow and dangerous roads of Kenya. As we began moving, I soon dozed off. Before I knew it, I was fast asleep, with my legs sprawled out on the dashboard and my head leaning against the window. All of a sudden I was startled awake by the noise of screaming and laughing from inside the van.

I quickly opened my eyes. The van had come to a complete stop, and as I rubbed my eyes and looked outside the window, I was faced with a scene I would never have imagined. 

About 12 baboons decided to cross the road, causing all traffic to come to a standstill. The baboons were big and hairy, and their rears were bare and pink. They walked in the middle of the street, unaffected by the fact that they were holding up traffic. 

I was confused, and looked around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Never in the United States would I have imagined something like that happening. Maybe some of you have seen cows cross the road, but baboons? I started to laugh along with the rest, and began to think of how amazing God is. He created each of us so different, with each part of the world filled with different types of animals, food, and culture.

The next time you visit a place that is not your home, notice how creative God is. And notice how blessed we are, and appreciate that new place for all the amazing things it has to offer.

—This story first appeared in KidsView, November 2011.