The oldest son asked, “Mom, do you feel like a tourist going through life?” I thought about it for a second – and the idea of it made me smile. I told him yeah, I do. And then I asked him why he’d asked. He said because I always seem to be so happy wherever I am – taking pictures and exploring and checking things out. I think this is one of the nicest things anybody has ever said to me.
Two Eagles in Skagit County (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Mount Rainier (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Marmot on Mount Rainier (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Pinnacle Peak in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo from the Plummer Peak trail. (Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Trumpeter Swans in Bow, WA (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Heron Head (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Snow geese in Skagit County, WA. Photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell
Shuksan Reflection (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Mama Robin and Babies (Karen Molenaar Terrell)
sailboarder on Lake Michigan – photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell
plane wing in sunset – photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell
Chuckanut Boulders. (Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Rainbow of sea creatures. (Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Otter Party (Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – H. Jackson Browne, Jr.
For three years I’ve had a view of the Mount Vernon Co-op from my office window. Every now and then I’d gaze out the window and across the freeway at the friendly-looking brick building – watch the customers going in and out of it – and wonder how long it might take me to “get there from here.” I’d always thought it would be too long – that I wouldn’t be able to get there and back before a student showed up for a session with me at the alternative high school where I work.
But last week I went for it. A couple of students had shown up early for their appointments with me and I found myself with an hour in the middle of the day to do some adventuring. So I donned my backpack and headed down the hill and over the overpass on a reconnaissance. When I got to the bottom of the hill I turned around and headed back to the school, and when I got to my office I realized that it had only taken 10 minutes to get to the bottom of the hill and back!
The next day – knowing now that it didn’t take that long to get to the bottom of the hill and back – I ventured a little further. This time I actually went into the Co-op. I ordered a peach smoothy and brought it back to my office with me. The clock showed that I had only been gone from my desk for 20 minutes!
Since that day I have managed to find time every day to hike down to the Co-op for my peach smoothy, a little exercise, some fresh air, and a quick hobnob with the co-op community..Yesterday I ran into a former teaching colleague and a woman who lived down the street from us 30 years ago – that was way fun. And today I ran into a former student from ten years ago who’d just returned from a trip to Thailand. And this was kind of cool – as I was walking down the hill to go to the co-op this morning, I saw a man approaching me carrying a sign that said “Peace” on it. As we got 30 or 40 yards from each other we both smiled simultaneously at each other, and I held up my fingers in the “peace sign.” He returned the “peace sign” to me, and then veered off the sidewalk to go to the co-op – me following behind him.
I am really enjoying my daily Co-op break.
I wonder who I’ll run into next time?
The time for thinkers has come… Through astronomy, natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics, thought passes naturally from effect back to cause. Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal.
– Mary Baker Eddy
Let’s be brave today. Let’s not be afraid to wonder, question, explore, study, discover, read, listen, learn, and see a different point of view. Let’s not be afraid to think. Buck up. Take a deep breath. Dive in. Let’s go out there and learn something! 🙂