Because there are so many wonderful places to hike around Mt. Hood, we never have had a desire to hike close to ski resorts where there are chair lifts. But this particular hike to Umbrella Falls was so beautiful that we made an exception. This shot was taken right smack in the middle of a ski run that I have done many times at Mt. Hood Meadows. It’s hard to believe that in weeks this entire area will be transformed into a winter playground. The image reminds me also of the impermanence of life. It seems like just yesterday our son was crawling on a blanket requiring our complete attention. Now he has become a very independent young man, with his own ideas, motivations, and a personality all his own! In less than a decade he will be off to college (assuming we can still afford it by then), and Kelly and I will be empty nesters. Our time at home with him is half over, which makes me think even more about our family life today, what experiences we want to share together, and the benefits and consequences of our present lifestyle.
A FEW WORDS ON YESTERDAY’S POST
Yesterday, I blogged about FDR and the newly opened memorial built in his honor. But upon further reflection, I wonder why the park was not built to honor both Franklin and Eleanor. Her list of accomplishments clearly rivals her husband’s, not to mention the significant role she played in his success! While there is a monument to honor her in NYC’s Riverside Park, I still would have dedicated Four Freedoms Park to both of them if someone had asked me. Getting back to the theme today of impermanence, Eleanor once said:
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
As a family that is what I want! To taste experience to the most, now, if we could just sell our house.