We love to travel. Exploration and adventure are in our blood. We recently spent 2 1/2 of the most delightful weeks with our tribe in Argentina. That’s what they are. Our people. Friends and family alike. And it makes my heart ache a bit (in a good way) to think of having such a lovely group of people that are so intertwined – histories and relationships – a book that keeps writing pages as one generation passes to the next.
As we traveled back to the States, I was reading Thoreau and reflecting on his thoughts on simplicity in light of our recent trip. In bold yellow, I highlighted this:
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau
And I thought:
~Do we as a family strive to live minimally without waste and daily wants masked as needs, so that we can explore, learn, and do the things that matter most to us?
~Life is just as good driving an old minivan and making our own furniture with our hands and not needing everything shiny and new.
~Gifting our children with a second language trumps the gift of a new DS any day.
~Seeing the kids learn to just “be” with others is a gift in and of itself. We spent entire days talking, eating, talking, and eating some more. Not once did the kids wish for another form of entertainment.
This is life at its simplest. This is life at its finest.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled a good bit of the world, and I’ve always found this to be true: people are people wherever you go. And as Thoreau so eloquently penned, “the language of friendship is not words but meanings.” So take a look at our people down south. For our tribe, these pictures hold so much meaning.
Then we traveled home and immediately began planning our next adventure…