Shared Joy is Twice the Joy, Shared Pain is Half the Pain


Sometimes we need a teacher to tell us what matters.

Sometimes we need an adventure to reveal us to ourselves.

But sometimes we just need a child to remind us what’s most important.

DSC_0134A boy who takes time on a hike to wander out over the river on that fallen tree reminds us there is time to explore.

DSC_0023A girl journalling beside the fire knows there is value in recording the moment.

All kids know a bit of well-timed silliness never hurt anyone.

DSC_0042And there is always something right next to you that deserves real awe.

I only spent 36 hours with these guys, but the camping trip with the Feelosopher’s Path “Best Summer Camp Ever Camp” was absolutely phenomenal. A single night and a five mile hike, a few hours in the car, a bedtime story in the tent, two roaring campfires and (of course!) s’mores. Not a huge trip, but one with huge hearts, positive connections, and lots of fun.

So thanks, Erin and Hiroshi, for letting me accompany.

For making me lead some activities and be a ten-year-old’s safety net. For teaching kids the value of working together and of working alone.


For letting me remember the loudness of the silence when you wake up before everyone else to build a campfire. For showing the first-time campers the beauty of the world around us.


For teaching me selflessness a decade ago (!) and for reminding me how great it feels now. For allowing kids to grow at their own pace, but pushing them when they can handle it.


For giving me permission to go on my own adventures. For setting adventure in front of the kids, and holding out a hand that we all know they won’t need.


2 responses

  1. I love this post! The importance of listening to our inner child leaves some people. It’s sad. I feel like in a way we understood a lot more at a younger age… however that works. Anyway, fantastic post, and a great site you’ve got here!

    July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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