The need for adventure runs deep for every American. Our country was founded on the backs of adventurers. Imagine if the pilgrims had been content to stay in Europe?
See Jen? You had fun!
I believe every childhood should include adventure.
My childhood adventure took the form of a horse farm. The summer before my freshman year of high school, my parents decided to by a horse boarding facility. They have always been business minded people. My Dad owned a tire business and my Mom turned her hobby of cross stitching into a small business. Adventures in their own right, no doubt! So when the opportunity came up to buy the farm, they jumped on it. It was the busiest summer of our lives, I have never worked so hard.
My horse Razzberry.
My parents sold the farm about 10 years later, but the lessons we learned will last a lifetime. I learned what it felt like to put in a hard days work. I learned to put up hay, drive tractors and mow lawn. I learned responsibility and teamwork. I spent a great deal of time with my Dad. We had many good conversations over the manure spreader. It wasn't always easy, many days I hated having to do chores. I wanted to be a normal teenager with less responsibility and more time to spend with my friends. Now, as an adult I realize how lucky I was. We made family memories that will last a lifetime. We share a bond that we may not otherwise have. I am grateful.
I've always been a little sad that my kids have never had the opportunities I had. I grew up visiting my Grandfathers farms. Running and playing in wide open places. Riding on Grandpas lap in the combine. Walking in the woods and working in the garden with Grandma. My kids are growing up in the city. Will they experience the satisfying feeling of falling into bed after an exhausting days work?
My maternal Grandfather was an adventurer. At 15, he left his home in Nebraska and hitched a ride to Michigan, following the opportunities. He had a few family members in Michigan, but for the most part he was on his own. He managed a farm for years until he saved enough to buy his own. He was a successful farmer, raised 4 children, and lived a long happy life.
My sister, Jen, and her family have found family adventure through their adoption experiences. They have traveled to three countries, incorporate their children's cultures into their daily lives, and plan to return to their children's countries of origin in the future. Adoption in its own right is an adventure. Adding in the international aspect ups the ante. Oh, and, raising 6 kids is a daily adventure. :)
My brother met his wife (In Nebraska!) while driving over the road truck. An adventure for sure!
I've decided that moving is our family's adventure destiny. We've tried to get away from it, but it just keeps finding us. We've often joked that we should just buy a really cool motor home to live in, save the packing so often! Learning to embrace our adventure, instead of fighting it will be our challenge. Slowly we are seeing the positive side.
Our kids are learning how to deal with life changing situations. We are coming together, creating our own family memories. Through stress and tears, we are making each other laugh.
Jim and Marney.
The girls are learning to mow lawn! Learning that yes, Marney, it is possible for your butt to sweat!
We by no means live on a farm, but our little acre and a half is proving to be a challenge and adventure for our city kids. Already they have scouted out locations for a tree fort, dug out the bow and arrow set from Christmas, found some teeny tiny, yet unidentified frogs, and just felt the sense of freedom that comes with a little room to roam.