The weather was perfect, as usual for southern California! Sun shining! A few clouds drifting overhead, giving shade at just the right times. I was sitting outside, having a pleasant visit with Bo, my baby Bonsai tree. The topic turned to “vacations”.
Bo, being only 2 years old, had no idea what I was talking about. I took time to explain the human concept of a vacation and Bo began to understand. He is a smart lil tree.
“Bo,” I shouted, taking his attention away from a butterfly, “I have not had a vacation in a long time”
Bo had no idea what time was. I explained it to him, the best I could and he began to understand when I related time to the sun and moon. He remembered the day we were talking and I asked him, “Are you injoying the sun, Bo?” He pointed to the sun and said, “Yes I am!” And there, encircling the sun, was a sunbow.
See how clever and wise Bo can be? I feel that has to do with the origin of his name. Bo is short for Bodhi, Buddha’s tree of enlightenment.
Back to my dilemma…. when was my last vacation, I asked myself? I mean, a true vacation! One intended for me! I thought about it. And I thought about it. I could not recall when or where I last had a vacation. That was not a good sign.
I knew I had not vacationed in the past five years and certainly it had been over ten years. The more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that it was over 15 years since I had a vacation. And that vacation was a family one, not a personal one. Don’t get me wrong! Family vacations are extremely special and important. Now that my family is grown and gone, I want to injoy a vacation for me. And my mind began to plot and plan…
“Hey Bo!” I said, “I am overdue for a vacation! Want to go on vacation with me?”
Bo just stared at me, not knowing what to say. This was all very new to him. Slowly and with confidence, Bo said, “Yes! Let’s go on an advencation” I couldn’t help but chuckle. He was recalling when the “sun, Bo”; became ‘sunbow’.
So, there you have it folks! Just like that, it is decided! Bo and I are heading out on an adventurous vacation.
Where are we going? How long will we be gone? Which direction will we head? What will we be up to? What will we see? Where will we land? Who will we meet? and many more answers are yet to be revealed to us. All I can say for sure is, there is great change in the air. Don’t you feel it? I sure am sensing it and am going to take full advantage of it! I am feeling a new-now moment coming on.
I will be reading your posts as often as I can while we are away. You see, Bo has gotten accustomed to my reading him your writings. He truly likes hearing all your sharings and he learns so much along the way. He really is a wise little tree and very much wants to be part of this blog. Bo says he can relate to Branching Out on a very personal level. He has a point there! We’ll see what happens…. Wait! What? Oh yes! Bo says that we will add some posts in our absence. (I think this tree is rooting itself into my blog)
Take care dear readers and keep on injoying life! We sure are and will be, as we leaf for our new, ‘New Normal’. I love new. Don’t you?
Ren and Bo
May’s end 2019
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