9 September 2017

The catcher in the hills

"...I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day."
Do you know where this quote comes from?
Yeap, it's Holden talking about the one thing he enjoys in life. A little bit like Holden, all I want to do when I am on vacation is watch my kids playing around. And catch memories on the fly.

Our 2 part summer vacation started at Curtea de Arges with a big backyard and hills nearby. Which translates into freedom for kids to run around, build and explore. Which is exactly what childhood should look like if you ask me.

Snow or sun, kids are building a fort every time we go there, just like they did last winter. They carve stairs in the ground, put together a rope system for rainy days when the soil gets slippery and then, they dig some more. A few days of playing in the construction site and they come bragging to the parents. We go visit and I stage a quick photo session. Quick, because they have more important things to do than pose.

While the kids are in action all the time us, the parents, we try to stay away from it. At some point we need to get out as well and a walk in the hills is always in the scheme of things. This time we explored the surroundings a bit further.

A bag of croissants and water was all the kids needed up there. I needed to take pictures and file this memory. For the following 11 months get-aways won't be 2 weeks long.

We will still attempt to escape the ordinary with as little as short stories that we can make on our own. Or with stories ready made like the exceptional Humans of New York: The Series . In episode 1, there is this very emotional boy talking about adolescence:

"...I just don't want to let go in general. I don't want to let go of spending time with my parents, going to museums, going to everything. I mean, sure, it will continue, it shouldn't stop. When that happens, it's just going to be... I'm going to miss it a lot."

I don't want to let go either. I don't want to stop spending vacations with my boys. But when I have to, I'll keep my walks in the hills and thousands of other memories to comfort me.

A story a day keeps the doctor away!

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