We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Jan 17, 2008

Somedays you just need to get in the car and go

I should really be doing inventory right now but I just thought I would pause for a moment. We sort of took this morning off unannounced, town is dead right now and we needed a little relationship repair, not to mention specific cat food for Bancha. So we took a little trip to the "big city" (Albany) since that's the closest place that has his particular food. It ended up being a great trip, no arguments or stress-outs on either of our parts.

We have this habit of imagining moving places anytime we are stressed. It's a game we play 'well if this doesn't work in Bennington I can imagine moving to..." It can be a dangerous game but helpful as well, it puts things in our life into perspective, what is important to us and what we are missing from where we have lived in the past. Of course the logical outcome would to be disappointed when we come back to reality except with us it motivates us to work harder to do well here so that if we do realize five years from now this isn't where we want to be we have the freedom to think about other options.

But it is all a game, a way of talking about our life without talking about our life.

Poor Alder was dragged along on this trip, he doesn't seem to enjoy the driving as much as I do. I suppose it will just be one of those things he half remembers "you guys used to take me on these long random trips for things and talk about weird stuff." Of course he might just hate us for putting him in this outfit, yes I know the spinning wheel theme is more for girls but I couldn't pass them up for two dollars at the thriftstore.

1 comment:

cloth.paper.string said...

love the overalls. and i so know that game... one variation that i played while living in a town that i really liked was reading the classifieds and imagining a new job, a new-to-me car, a new apartment, a new pet... yes, these exercises can be dangerous, and can really be helpful in honing those dreams.