It almost seems impossible that someone as young as Anne Frank was so insightful and positive. Even in the face of all the terrible atrocities she faced in her short life she was the epitome of grace.
A few days ago I wrote a post about the seedy underbelly of the blogosphere; GOMI. Lately, I've found myself more and more disenchanted with the blogosphere--with the world in general really. But then I saw this quote by Anne Frank. It put things into perspective. It reminds me that despite my feelings to the contrary, I have options. When I'm feeling sad, I have the option to escape. I have the freedom to leave the confines of my home. This is so much more that Anne did.
And so this weekend, we escaped. We traded in the noisy overbearing city for a few hours of quiet reprieve in the mountains. It wasn't much, but it was enough. And for that am grateful.
Nature has this way of reminding us that there is so much more magnificence in the world than what you can find in a mall. It reminds me that there is so much more to the world than what can be found on a computer screen.
We enjoyed every second of our adventure. This was the first time Jasmine has been hiking, so she was just bubbling over with excitement at the prospect of being unleashed into the wilderness. She ran ahead of us eager to explore the unfamiliar.
James was in his element. Quietly taking in the beauty that nature had to offer. We enjoyed our time together; as all families should from time to time.
Every single person we passed on the trail was kind. They all had the same look in their eyes. A look of contentment. I suppose we probably had the same look in our eyes as well. We stopped and chatted with nearly everyone saw. It's amazing what you can learn about a person in a few minutes.
By the time our adventure came to an end, I could tell no one was ready to leave. So as we drove away and the mountains faded into the distance, Anne's words reverberated in my mind and I made a solemn promise that we would soon return.