Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bracing the Wind

Another bit of wind...

Here's a quick snap, proof the kids are in Shetland, and on a rather sunny day, at that. You'll need to know about Shetland that there are basically no trees, and there's lots of wind. In this photo, that's what the kids are dealing with. The cottage in the background, that's Muckle Bousta, their grandpa's place.

You'd think these two kids coming straight from 100 degree temps in Fresno might have a little bit of trouble adjusting. Apparently not, though. My son, Sage, said, "Dad, it's like paradise."



Blogger Mary Robinette Kowal said...

It looks so much like Iceland, that I'm inclined to agree with your son. It must be paradise.

1:11 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Mary!

Yes, it does have some things in common with Iceland. It's not that far away, really, but it's also not as cold. Something about the sea currents...

But, you bet there are similarities, and a beauty you can probably only understand by being there. Thanks for the confirmation.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

Wow. Lucky kids. I was 19 the first time I ever left OKLAHOMA, much less the United States!!

Looks like a wonderful place to be.

4:29 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yeah, these guys have traveled quite a bit. They were always good travelers, and even as babies we lugged them around the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and back and forth across the US several times. They've lived in California (Tahoe, Three Rivers, Fresno), Colorado (Basalt, Colorado Springs) and Western Massachusetts.

It's been good in many ways, but we've also lacked a sense of community and belonging. My kids have seen a bit of the world, but ask them were "home" is and they'd frown and have to think on it a bit...

5:06 PM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

Yeah, take someone like me and we'll say "I wish I had that when I was a kid" but then take the opposite and they'll say, "I wish I had what you had".

It's all perception I suppose. Home is where the heart is, or so they say, but as long as you have a place to go, where people will accept you and care for you no matter what, then you always have a home.

For me, there's a nice little nut-house that I visit where they always care for me no matter what. Because quality care is what they're all about. ;)

5:40 PM  

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