summer 2010. just because.
Over lunch today, we talked.
The boy and I.
Out of the blue he asked (very seriously),
when we could go to the North Pole.
"WHY??? It's so cold!"
"But we wouldn't stay there forever,
I just want to see it."
"Well bud......there's not really a lot to see at the North Pole.
Not very many people go there--it's hard to get there and it would take a long time."
"I knew you would say it would take a long time!
So I thought we would just have to take a rocket ship, and then we could get there fast."
In his beautiful little mind, there was no reason not to take a family trip to the North Pole.
It was a corner of the Earth that he wanted to explore,
and there was no excuse good enough to keep him from doing it.
And how lucky am I that he wanted me there too.
I wanted to freeze that thought, so I could jump in to it at any given moment.
Just like they jump into Burt's chalk drawings in Mary Poppins.
I wanted to be little, with no limits, fears, budgets or excuses.
No reasons not to do things--just a list of things to do.
In one tiny conversation over lunch,
my little boy taught me a wonderful lesson.
I have too many reasons, fears, and excuses filling up my adult mind.
Maybe he can go to the North Pole someday--who am I to say he can't.
Maybe I have more to see and do than I ever thought possible.
I can't wait to find out.
After we talked about the North Pole--
what we would see and eat (it was decided that we would eat cookies from Santa's house),
I asked him if he had a second place that he would really like to visit.