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Camping 2017

Wendy and I have been camping on and off for almost 36 years. Our first adventure was in a tent – summer camping – but not an experience that either of us really adored. Then we borrowed a small motorhome – that was good but we spent too much on fuel just getting there. Then we rented someone’s trailer – that was better but it was old and we were novices. Finally to our own tent trailer and we were super thrilled with what we had though it was a pretty primitive trailer (compared to some).

Seven years of being in the tent trailer and we moved up to our hybrid – a travel trailer but with tent ends. We’ve had this since 2005 – twelve years now and we really love it. We feel privileged and though I know at some point this too will need to be left behind I’m not anxious to give it up!

My sisters are high-end hotel users…too bad for them I think.

The summer is rapidly coming to the end. In the next couple of weeks, I will be winterizing the trailer and we’ll be putting it away for the winter. However, with that end of season stuff comes the joy of knowing we’ll be back next summer.


The ADHD advantage

I found this online at elitedaily.com….not quire a scientific magazine but it’s accurate in describing me and a couple of other people in our family!

” 1. They’re outgoing because they’re curious about the world.

People with ADHD might learn in different ways than others, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a thirst for knowledge. They’re naturally inquisitive, and impatient to know everything they can about something as quickly as possible.
This makes them great with people, because they are genuinely interested in what they have to say and share.

2. They’re tireless, they don’t stop when everyone else does.

It’s no secret that people with ADHD have high energy levels. When other people are fading, they’re getting a second wind. During crunch time, this quality is indispensable.

3. They’re articulate because they’ve had to explain themselves their whole lives.

When you’re not in control of your own behavior, it can get you into trouble. People with ADHD are quite familiar with this sentiment.
They’ve had to explain their disorder to other people, and apologize for their impetuous behavior countless times. This makes them well practiced in the art of communication.

4. They’re good at multi-tasking because there are too many good things happening at once.

People with ADHD see the world as a menu full of amazing food; they want to order everything at once. Obviously, this is impossible, you have to learn to take things slow or you’ll get overwhelmed.
Having ADHD teaches you this lesson, but the thirst for tasting everything simultaneously is never fully eradicated. This is precisely why they’re good at balancing multiple activities at once.

5. They’re sympathetic because they understand what it’s like to be stigmatized.

When you tell people that you have a disorder, they often look at you funny. People with ADHD are conscious of the fact that having a mental disorder does not mean that there is something wrong with a person.
They understand that our brains are exceptionally powerful entities, and difficult to control at times.
Indeed, people with ADHD are understanding, kind and caring because they know what it’s like to be ostracized for something that’s as natural as breathing. This kind of emotional intelligence is invaluable, in all walks of life.

6. They’re risk-takers, they don’t overthink things and love trying new things.

Having ADHD can make a person impulsive. This can lead to trouble, but it also ensures that life isn’t boring. Overthinking can be immobilizing. Sometimes it’s much better to dive in headfirst.
The most successful people in the world had to risk something to get to where they are: money, time and reputation.

7. They’re passionate because the things they love consume their attention.

People with ADHD are often characterized as “scatter-brained,” but that’s not the case 100 percent of the time. Hyper-focus is also a common symptom of ADHD. It’s switched on when something truly captivating crosses their paths.
They shut off the rest of the world and become completely immersed in the task at hand. This tireless passion can lead to greatness.

8. They’re great leaders because they’re no strangers to adversity.

It’s not easy growing up being the kid who always gets in trouble in class for behaviors you constantly struggle to contain.
All the while, you’re compared to the well-behaved child sitting up front, or your agreeable and well-mannered sibling(s).
Overcoming both these behaviors and the obstacles they present is a lifelong endeavor. Yet, this perpetual challenge also breeds the type of character that makes a person a natural leader.
ADHD is not a curse, it’s a gift.”

I had an email just this week from a friend whose son was in a serious ATV accident.  I’m not sure of all the details but the dad ended up in the ambulance with his son who was unconscious and in distress.  The good news is the son is now conscious but will be a bit recovering from the accident. The bad news might be that the dad will take some time to get over his own trauma.

I was telling him about the day that Phil fell when we were out on Mt. Lady McDonald.  As Phil fell my heart seemingly paused as did my breathing as I tried in vain to stop his fall.  As Phil fell out of sight I remember thinking the worst….he’s dead, or his neck or back is broken….and there’s no one near to help.  I never dream about it – maybe he does – but I do find myself developing a cold chill when I think about it (like right now).

That’s a long time ago now, but it’s still pretty fresh in my memory.

I can sometimes imagine the Lord feeling the pain of our decisions and consequences – by design or default – and having the same kind of sense that He would like to rescue us, and of course many people feel God should rescue us.  It goes with the argument, if God really cared…. but of course if God didn’t let us feel consequence we wouldn’t learn, and we would not be able to enjoy the pleasure (and pain) of free will.

There’s not much most of us really think is of value apart from what we can hold in our hand – but surely free will is one of the great thrills.

To quote Philip: “Being an adult rocks!”…as he eats desert for breakfast!