Instead of catching up on what happened all the way back in July and August, I am going to share today and will probably fill in much of the missing info over time. Suffice it to say, we left on our extended travels on Aug 18th and so far, all is well.
We decided to spend a few days out on the Olympic Peninsula and it has been wonderful. Not only is the scenery gorgeous and the ocean as magnificent as ever but we also had the opportunity to visit the Makah Indian Reservation and Museum which filled my heart. Check out their page – http://www.makah.com/
I think what I loved most about the visit was the strong sense of community and commitment to their heritage. The writings at the museum spoke about “our history”, “our ancestors”, ‘our lands” in language that was kind and gentle, strong and confident. It is a good reminder of the importance of family and connection and what it is that makes us who we are. And it got me thinking…
How do we (Tom and I) continue to create history, a sense of belonging and solidify connections with our children as we all scatter to the winds? How do you stay connected to your history, ancestors, land/heritage?
- I learned the power of a letter from my mum; she wrote to me every Sunday afternoon, for more than 20 years, even though we spoke on the phone weekly. I looked forward to those letters and occasionally, my brain skips back a decade and I hope there will be a letter in the mail box! Now, I ‘m sending postcards, texts and photos to the kids and others.
- I was brought up to keep my business to myself; this can be lonely and create barriers. Now, as we wander around, I share our story and find myself connecting with people and really enjoying the conversations. Sometimes it is good to share your story and share your heart; it’s a good way to discover abundance.
- We are trying to figure out how to establish new traditions that work for our new family. This is a work in progress and may take years to figure out. We know we cannot rely on old favorites because we no longer live as a nuclear family; we are spread over 4 locations and have new families to consider. That said, the stories our kids tell assure us that traditions/habits etc… are important. Recently, our oldest son and his new wife shared that they had started their own Sunday family night “Sandwiches and Movie” and I cried. Happy because he obviously enjoyed those evenings together, sad because that time has passed for us.
Now it is time to return to my tent!!