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LENS ON LEADING: NOTES FROM ANTONY

Queen of the Jungle

Sometimes I miss Skye beyond words. If you have grandchildren you don’t see often, you know what I’m talking about. There should be a whole set of words in the dictionary to describe this ache. It’s been too long since I’ve had that little girl in my arms.

The coming of Christmas, with all the sentimental commercials on television, just makes it worse.

We Skype, of course, and my daughter, Bonnie, sends photos. I particularly missed Skye recently when she won Queen of the Jungle.

I can imagine the pictures taking form in your minds, so I should clarify right now that this achievement involved neither royalty nor a jungle. It has to do with reality TV. Think about celebrities going into the bush and trying to survive. That sort of thing.

Skye had to put up a tent and sleep in it overnight. In the schoolyard.

But it rained.

She earned Queen of the Jungle because despite the drippy circumstances she never complained once. Bonnie sent me a picture, and when I saw it I really missed Skye. I wanted to hug her. I wanted to say how proud I was of her. But she was far away, across the ocean.

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