..on some of the other blogs I subscribe to I have read of issues with security and being broken into so I did not want to post about me being away for 8 days in a sunny destination down south.
Yes..offgrid and going south. With all of the issues we had over the last month a vacation was just what the doctor ordered..so we went south and I filled up my prescription with beer, snorkelling and sun. I also wanted to go down because it would be a good chance for my 15 year old to see another side of the world that she has never seen before..the 3rd World and how it related to North American society. The resort..perfect..the beach..perfect. The surrounding areas..much different then what she was accustomed to. Where we have houses that are huge they have small simple buildings, where we have malls they have farmland and animals, where we have limitless possessions they have struggle and hard work for the basics. It’s not something she had ever really seen before and she was a little taken back..I could see the ‘..oh my God..’ look in her eyes when we entered into a city of 1.5 million that had goats grazing in the median in the middle of the city. We live in a society that takes so many things for granted it is shocking..in many ways we are a spoon fed generation. There is a saying that I always think of with J*, ‘..you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make her drink..’ and that is what I was trying to do with J*..I cannot force the fact into her head that she has everything she will ever need but I can help her open her eyes to the fact that the world is far from a perfect place.
It WAS a good reminder for A* and I too..we know our offgrid life is a challenge and sometimes we talk of doing something else but going to a place where everyone has to fight for everything they have it makes us appreciate having something modest of our own that many of them would consider a mansion. It’s not there yet but now that the holiday is over its back to a more regular schedule for work!
oh..and don’t get me wrong..the potential life lesson is an added learning bonus round..we needed the vacation more than anything else!