Hi. I’m # 1.
I had a surreal feeling as I walked through the airport with #2, #3 and #4.
We were beginning our four month journey through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand—a journey to explore different cultures, natural beauty and most importantly, learn about ourselves, individually and as a family.
My surreal feeling had to do with the realization the trip was beginning. As I looked at #2, #3 & #4 and saw the excitement and trepidation on their faces, I wondered what adventures would we have? How would we grow? Who would we become? I couldn’t believe it was happening.
Did I hear someone ask how? How did all the pieces fall into place and how did you create this fantastic opportunity to explore and wander together? We’ve talked about an extended family trip for years--#2 was most persistent about bringing up the subject. When #2 was 13 years old her parents took the family on an extended trip to South Africa and through Europe. #2 has always said that trip was one of the best experience of her life. She wanted to give her children (#3 & 4) a similar experience.
OK #2, I would often say, I agree. I’m in! But how? How do we put it all together and actually leave our work, family and responsibilities and go?
Then, quite serendipitously, a small current of a wave started to form. A friend of ours mentioned the possibility of Nature’s Theater participating in a children & nature conference in Melbourne. Light bulb shines! From that external stimulus of an idea the wave grew and the trip formed.
I should probably mention one more important aspect of the trip forming. We had to prioritize and ask ourselves what’s important and let go of most everything else. So I asked myself, “what’s important #1?” The answer: family time, expression, adventure, giving to others and a bucket full of muselglob.
And that’s the focus of our trip
We have set up this blog so each member of the Falyn Family Five can express him or herself. We hope some of our musing will help you get a feeling for life on the road.
Step on in the water’s fine,
The Falyn Family Five