While I may long to be home in Thunderbluff with my Mother and brothers, I am finding things in this new land that are very enjoyable. I have spent a great deal of time in the Jade Forest and I see how it comes by its name. There is so much green there that you can almost become lost and mesmerized by it. Yes, there are dangers there that will sometimes catch you by surprise if you are not wary.
I am definitely following the teachings of the Pandaren with their “Slow Down” and I’m definitely savoring every minute that I can of the beauty of this land. It’s definitely not Mulgore, which I am still very homesick for, however, it has its own special beauty. At least Naton and I have found more Tauren in the area and we’ve started making friends with them. We like to gather together sometimes and talk about home and sometimes we just sit there and laugh at all of the adventures that we are having.
“Slow Down” that is the one statement that makes me smile and sometimes even makes me laugh outright because Tauren are not known for our speed. Oh, we can speed up the pace when we are attacking something, however, we normally take a slow pace so that we may cover a greater distance without fatigue. That’s the secret, why rush to do something and then be too exhausted to carry on further. We’re a nomadic people and traveling the roads of Kalimdor for generations has taught us that speed is not something that will get you to your destination any faster. I can’t begin to tell you how many little Blood Elves we’ve ended up carrying with us, literally, because in their haste they have depleted their energy to where they would have ended up dead if it weren’t for the Tauren in the area.
We are definitely learning how to embrace the land and try to repair some of the damages wrought by some of our Horde brethren as we travel along. Of course, we do have some Orc that want to kill everything in sight, while we continue to plod along and hoping that they might get eaten by some of the beasts in the area. I guess that doesn’t sound very loyal when you’re fighting a war, however, I never much cared for the Orc when we were still in Kalimdor, I care less for them in Pandaria.
I know that Naton made one of our sergeants angry the other day when the fellow was just yelling at us to speed up, the war would be over by the time we got our mangy hides into the fray. Naton’s response to that was that we would live to get to the battle whereas, he may not make it himself due to his haste and inability to take in his surroundings as he galloped along. Besides, without the Tauren to put the Orcs back together again, Hellscream probably wouldn’t have much of an army at his disposal, so, just be quiet and we will arrive at our destination in due time. Sometimes my brother surprises me with the way that he can take all of this in stride without seeming to get upset about it – I know I cry sometimes because I do get weary and I do get frightened. Naton offers me comfort and solace when I feel upset and I think that is because he has seen this “war” thing all before when he was under the influence of the Lich. He keeps telling me that things will get better.
Oh, we did get to see Mr. Morningstar when we were in Dawn’s Blossom for a while. He looks very tired, however, he was very happy to see Naton and I. He told us to be careful and on our guard while we were making the trek through the Jade Forest and he would have a surprise for us when we get to Halfhill. I wonder what that surprise could be? He’s one of the big Ranger Commanders now, however, he will always be Mr. Morningstar to Naton and I after all of these years of working for him in Kalimdor. The good news is that he said that we were still on the payroll for Morningstar Enterprises and that we could still send things back to Orgrimmar and we would be paid just like always. That was good news to the two of us because the money we get for being in this army isn’t all that great and we still money home to Mom and the two boys when we can. I miss those days of just being near home and being able to help the family with what I could earn there. At least we have been able to keep up our trades a little bit and have been able to send things home.
Ah well, I should put this journal away and get some rest, we have a long trek tomorrow and should be arriving in the Valley of Four Winds. We always hear rumors about the places that we are going, however, I am curious to see these giant vegetables that we have been told about – the noodles we have been eating and some of the vegetables that we have been able to find have been delicious, however, I would love to make some cabbage soup with bits of carrots in it and have time for it to simmer to bring out the flavor – everything is cooked so fast while we travel that some of the flavor is lost. Oh, and the tea, we always have tea with our meals.
Oh, I am smiling now because we were able to make camp early enough tonight to be able to sit around the campfire and have our own version of Story Circle. It wasn’t as splendid as the one that we have on the Bluffs, however, there were some wonderful stories told by some of group. We even had time to sit and sing some of our tribal songs for a few minutes. It was almost like home, not quite, however, it made me proud to be a Tauren. We may get frowned upon by some of the Orcs, Trolls and Blood Elves for our lack of speed and our caring about the land, however, we will always carry our love and traditions of the Earth Mother with us regardless of the circumstances. That’s what makes our people truly strong – our faith.
Some of the other women and I are looking forward to the day when we can actually put on a dress and do the things that we were used to doing at home. This constant wearing of armor is not very feminine and we have all noticed the young bulls traveling with us – we’re all of marriageable age and even if there is a war going on, we still are women. We were giggling amongst ourselves last night about a couple of the young fellows that seem to be determined to make a name for themselves here in Pandaria because they want their tribes to remember them as heroes. Well, I’ll take a lesser Brave as a mate because I don’t intend on being made a widow early in my life with calves to care for. Give me a nice Druid or even another hunter to be a companion with, that is all that I ask, Earth Mother.