We sat in the grass and watched Sports Day. Our kids had never seen anything like it. We reminisced about our memories — neither of us shone on Sports Day! I appreciated a long talk with Mr. Ronalds, and of course after life in the concrete maga-city, sitting outside on the grass feels like heaven.
We arrived Sunday. The first day we just focused on getting clean, getting a hot meal, and making sure we had enough blankets. Travel is no no fun. I wonder how I ever did the five day train ride. But I guess I did it without a toddler sleeping with me? The next day we walked to Hebron. My son, upon entering the gate, immediately saw life birds — the very ones he had hoped to see. Was he ever excited. And I must say, he’s a pretty good photographer for a fifth grader! The one below is a black and orange flycatcher.
And below — us on the logs. Here is where we started.
We opted to travel by the tourist steam train up the mountain instead of by bus or jeep. I hate getting car sick. And I love trains. The train had just begun a new summer schedule so there were special gifts and everyone was super excited. Whenever we went through a tunnel, everyone would yell.
At first we saw the mountains in a distance, then we climbed them. We saw waterfalls, monkeys, a wild elephant, purple trees . . . and tea plantations.
Did we ever need a vacation. Yet I feel strange even writing those words, because many people don’t get to go away for a vacation. They only stop working when they are sick or they’ve lost their job. Traveling for a vacation is a sign of being rich, isn’t it? I am so glad that I get to have a vacation.
We ubered, then flew, then subwayed, then trained, then jeeped, then trained there. Phew. And to think the journey was relatively easy to what it was 20 years ago! I am thankful for a husband who is superb at organizing travel.
Willow has had another batch of kittens. Elias and I played the important dula role at 5 am one morning. Seriously, Willow acted like a human in labor in so many ways! The kittens are adorable, and I am thankful that there are only two of them. Contrary to what the pictures show, O usually drops the kittens, instead of cuddling them. M named them Lightning and Thunder.
M is glad that her friend’s dentist has an office around the corner. Now we get to see this friend more often! O likes to play with legos. I have appreciated the quiet minutes this new interest gives me!
J is my pie maker. But occasionally I try too. I was thinking of Ken and Emily’s very good chicken pie when I made this one. Below — my veranda plants.