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Are You Ready For a Journey?

May 19, 2012

     “Believe me, my young friend; there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing.”

     What a marvelous quote; one that you stick in your pocket, and store away. Ratty is a fine fellow; one you’d choose for a friend if only you lived near the creek. Mole too is a charming companion and they both take you for a delightful journey as you follow their adventures.

     “The Wind in the Willows”, by Kenneth Grahame is an enchanting tale of friendship, loyalty, adventure and leisure. As the friends Ratty and Mole scull their tiny vessel along the water, you can feel the sway of the boat and the soft breezes as they tease the wisps of your hair.

     Each one of us needs a little time in a row boat. We need a boat that takes us on a journey from reality, drudgery, and monotony to adventures, peace and the hope of something else.

     In “The Wind in the Willows” Mole is being a dutiful little fellow; working very hard all the morning till he had dust in his throat and eyes; but “spring was moving in the air with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” So, suddenly he flings down the tools of his drudgery and declares, “Bother! and O blow! and also Hang spring cleaning!” He emerges from his hole and does not return. His declaration of independence emboldens me to do the same. I grasp my delightfully illustrated volume along with two willing little twins and we’re off to the creek. It is story time and we have been bitten with the spirit of divine discontent. Only a journey to a far away land and a far away time will ease the longing.

     There are still five loads of wash blocking your hall way. O blow! There are stacks of paper teetering on your overflowing desk. Bother! Your house is an absolute mess. Hang spring cleaning! You and your precious offspring need to escape. Incredible journeys await you all inside the covers of a book. You may think the journeys are to faraway lands and times; but the journeys that I refer to here are not a part of a story. It is time to journey to a place of peace and quiet. It is time to journey to the land of lingering. It is time to journey to the sparkling sea of connectedness.

     No matter how dutiful you are in the never ending attempt at household perfection, it cannot be achieved. If you were to achieve it, it would be fleeting and ultimately meaningless. Time spent lingering with our children, reading a story, messing about in boats or just swinging on a hammock staring at the clouds would be a worthy endeavor indeed.

     I am not here to tell you how to accomplish more. I am here to tell you how to have more in what you accomplish. Life is more. Love is more. Leisurely time spent with our children is more. I’m sure a good book is calling your name. Delight your children and yourself. Tuck that book under your arm as you throw a quilt over the other arm. Toss your kids each a pillow and head to the yard. Spread your magic carpet under a tree and take off for lands unknown

5 Comments leave one →
  1. lilgurney permalink
    May 20, 2012 4:59 pm

    I love your thoughts here Debbie!! I am so with you in this & taking the time to care and linger and connect. These are my favorite things with my loved ones. 🙂

  2. Lucy permalink
    May 21, 2012 1:48 pm

    My brother and I have MANY sweet memories of our multitudes of hours spent in Dad’s rowboat. Dad assumed we couldn’t get in trouble in a rowboat, so we were free to do whatever we wanted with it. Just the freedom was lovely…but, critters and talking with my brother…oooo, the lovely sunshine and water. I miss that.


    • May 22, 2012 9:22 am

      So now I know what you need for Christmas, a rowboat. What a wonderful childhood! You were truly blessed. So glad you share your children now with me, they are a joy!

  3. jody hollis permalink
    May 21, 2012 8:51 pm

    Debbie I sure like your writting but than I liked your reading too. I know from first hand how good it is to walk down to the creek and sit down and just listen to you read all about the “Wind in the Willows” Keep writing I do so enjoy it. Jody

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