Her mother's heart wanted her children to experience the outdoors and she knew only one way for her city children to fully experience it would be to go camping. Her "city-slicker" husband wasn't so sure, but he jumped into the adventure with her compromise. No tent camping, it would be with a hybrid of both - tent and camper.... a pop-up camper, with ice cold A/C, a small kitchen, and beds to sleep 7. Her delight in dishes had begun even back decades earlier and she furnished her camper kitchen with a set of camping dishes. They would take their five children around the country....now old enough for her to handle in the outdoors...ages 13 down to 1.
|Curly-headed child in left corner is now 16 and loves the outdoors. Yes, our only girl.|
|City-slicker hubby rolls up his business sleeves to learn to set up a camper.|
Intermission - Life 101
Life came with teenager sports, graduations, engagement, marriage, an addition to our family with number 6 and other curve balls. The camper didn't make it through life's transitions and camping became a past memory. Curly-haired boy grew up with a delight for the outdoors and the youngest hadn't experienced overnight stays under the stars. Time for the mother to rethink her "I will Not" and compromise.
She wrestled with the past while looking at the present. Her desire for her youngest two boys to experience the outdoors as her older four won over her reservations of tent camping. She would eat her words again...but somehow each time she ate her words, she was fulfilled in a new way. So she loaded the car. "City-slicker" husband gave in also...and off they went to camp.
The delight and wonder is worth all the effort and discomfort that camping can bring.
The joy of seeing God's creation is priceless.
Ben said, "you mean they let all the animals in?" He couldn't grasp that he could just watch the animals without them being in a cage. All of our nature hikes and lake adventures still didn't compare to being right out in the elements for three days and two nights.
My son in his element....so worth the compromise. This mother is still learning to compromise and eat her words that were so short-sighted.
Benjamin took some "beautiful" pictures of nature...he said, "here,,, this is for your blog so they can see how beautiful it is." Stay tuned... The Play continues....the end hasn't come yet.