i could only come up with 2 places. this game didn't include the u.s. to see family because dash's company pays for us to travel there once a year. and we all knew that this game would not be reality if my dad's chemotherapy doesn't help him recover from lymphoma. so as i pondered the idea of a vacation, i wrestled with the idea of doing something just for ourselves vs. for our parents or for our spiritual family of young souls in south africa. it took a few minutes but i played along and envisaged us in italy surrounded by beauty, good food and a trip up to the alps to enjoy learning how to ski together.
dashiel announced the children's suggestions first. domani's first 2 choices were jamaica and seychelles. dyami's were jamaica and mauritius. ayana's were mauritius and europe. then it came to mine. my beloved husband started off by saying that mine were taking ecovillage excursions in places like burkina faso and cote d'ivoire. we all laughed. then he joked and said i'd like to take us up country in ghana and visit the permaculture institute. :) we laughed again (knowing how much hard work and full of potential malaria it would be rather than a vacation). but when dashiel read out loud that i would like to go to south africa and be with our friends in poverty-stricken areas, i started to cry as they lightheartedly laughed, not considering that this is a real vacation to me.
|watching the jr. youth performances|
|jr. youth performing a dance|
my emotions expressed themselves and were received with tenderness and understanding. i entered the consultation about possibilities as we dreamed of what we would most enjoy sharing together. my honesty enabled me to feel closer to my family and we all agreed that in a year or two, we would definitely plan to go visit south africa. we also agreed that since we are surrounded by heat everyday, and recently lived surrounded by beautiful beaches, a trip to a cooler climate would be a welcome change.
|Pinky Gova, a new Baha'i youth|