One day in New Zealand, halfway through a hike, we pretended to be shipwrecked. I set the scene, the kids tried to fill in the gaps by forming characters and plot line. Well, truthfully, I should just say the KID tried to create a plot while his sister insisted on being a wild cheetah who trades off either eating the shipwrecked folk or being their (unwanted) pet.
(I don't know if Tyler knew he was playing or not- but he was. We assigned him the role of scout. Since he was already wandering the beaches photographing the scenery.)
Isaac came up with some clever things. I thought the large branch we came upon while searching the shore for "provisions" would be firewood, or perhaps something to build shelter with. But, to Isaac, it was a huge trunk full of bananas that we could use to barter with the native apes. ? I didn't know what he thought they had that we might need, and I never found out.
While playing shipwreck, I thought back on the days of yore when I did most of the photo travels by myself, and I would revel in the occasion of being alone. I had so many more intelligent thoughts by myself. I could almost feel my brain cells growing back.
Obviously, I wouldn't choose to travel alone anymore, because having Tyler and the kids around is waaaaaaaaay better, infinitely better, and yes, I'd rather be dumb and with my family, than smart and without.
Being part of a family is really, really cool.
Ending note: I will be returning to Japan on August 30th-September 4th for sessions. If you live in Japan or know somebody who does who might like a session, contact us! We'd love to see you.
What a sad face :( Sometimes being shipwrecked isn't so fun.
PS: I don't know why but the spacing is not working properly when I post... sorry the text is all smooshed together. Lame.
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