OR- How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Please forgive me- I know that this smacks of showing you all of my vacation slides… so grab some chips and dip, make yourself comfortable on that sofa, and enjoy!
I’ve been so busy living my life, I haven’t had time to reflect about it (i.e. write about it). Which, perhaps, gives me some appreciation of my daughter. Without the burden of words, it’s been all experiential for the past two weeks. New places to see, new foods to eat, emotions of love and appreciation and humor, and a feeling of all things being right in the moment- right here, right now. No demands, no needs, other than “What are we going to do today?” Oh- and LOTS of Monopoly Deal.
Of course, we’re back now, which mean that I have to switch into words and plans and organization- all of those things that my children struggle with. Little wonder that we were all happier these past weeks- I got to live in their world, rather than forcing them to live in mine. But for just a moment- I will remember, and I will hold that world close. And I will appreciate them- and holidays. And Monopoly Deal…
The visual elements:
San Miguel-the oldest church in North America- since 1610
Acoma Pueblo (Sky City)- the oldest continuously-settled community in North America- since 800AD. They had an extensive trading community with the Aztecs and the Plains Indians- with no wheel or horses. There are symbols of parrots and shells all over.
The kiva (places of religion and education) entrances are ladders, designed to pierce the sky to make it rain. The entire culture is based around the rain and the forces of nature. No television, no electricity. Pure. Clean. And really, really cold in the winter.
I LOVED these hats; they were well-weathered by the end
Bandelier National Monument– The Anasazi (Ancient Ones) lived here from 800AD to 1150AD.
Ray was too anxious to get all the way up- but he made it this far!
El Rancho de los Golondrinas– The Ranch of the Swallows. A continuation of our exploration in history. This was a stopover on the Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe in the 1700s.
Back on the Road again…
Stops Along the Way- Cahokia Mounds, IL
Louisville– A brief visit with Jack
And this doesn’t even begin to touch the sensations of good Mexican food eaten, the time talking to Mamamum, the coolness of the days, seeing my friends the Crespins, the multi-lingual experience of listening to Debo’s Brazilian jazz in a sushi restaurant in New Mexico, the last night of looking at the stars and the songs we listened to and the books we read.
We had a great time… and I loved living a life in the moment…