This time of year we make a trip to the Enchanted Forest. This is where the birthday fairies live, ready to bestow gifts upon good little children who obey their parents *some* of the time. I created this pseudo-holiday because Santa is only good for about 4 weeks out of the year and quite frankly I need more leverage than that. Birthdays happen all year long…
We stayed in a duplex cabin which some may argue is not really roughing it, but the place was filthy and I swear the kid crying next door at 2AM and 4AM sounded an awful lot like a coyote….
Don’t feel sorry for me, though. I don’t like it too nice. Staying a few days in filth, semi-roughing it, teaches the kids to appreciate what they do have in the “real” world and emphasizes the beauty of nature. The Japanese call it “forest bathing” or shinrin-yoku. They have something there, those wise people.
It is too, too bad we cannot retreat forever….