Ever since I remember, I’ve always had the travel bug. Before having kids I’d go on crazy adventures like hiking in the Pyrennes with our dog on a route that included clavijas, sailing 4 months in the East Mediterranean crewing on other people’s boats.
Once the children were born, I had to grow up & loose some of that spontaneity. Do I miss it? … sure I do!
Then again, I am on another adventure at the moment: that of guiding two little people to discover the world. On this adventure the back garden can turn into the most exciting place in the whole wide world.
In the garden we can watch ladybirds- count their spots & legs, watch them fly away as well as seeing how they munch the aphids on the roses.
We can stand on the swing, learning that we can make it go faster and faster by leaning into it. All this while the wind sweeps our hair just as it would while out on a boat at sea.
We look at the different shapes & colours of pebbles. Then play pretend: cooking pebble & leaf soup, which we then “eat” on our safari train in Africa.
We cut the grass and watch it grow again. Soon we’ll even have chickens who can eat the cut grass & make eggs from it.
There’s huge anticipation in watching strawberries slowly turning red, picking them when they are just right & savoring the special flavour. Because these are special! We have cared for them, watered them (and ourselves in the process), picked the snails off them, put up netting over to protect from the birds. The strawberries we pick at home we look to see the seeds, we observe the redness. With the first one of the season we get to each take a bight out of and tell eachother about the flavour. It’s just one …one that we nurtured and not a whole box picked off a supermarket shelf.
For now these simple things are what make my life exciting. My awe of when I glimpsed a wonderful plateau dwarfs in comparison to the joy I felt at the huge excitement of my Little Boy for having found 2 eggs with Opa in their chicken coup!
Our Journey through life is varied and what we make of it depends on us… and us alone!