As I prepare and pack for Italy, I cannot help but think of my next trip. I'll be heading back to Idyllwild, CA in July to teach a 3-day class on Fabric Collage.
You can read my initial impressions here. It's in July, the midpoint in the year, the half-way marker for this, my last year of teaching for a while. Being at Idyllwild feels like you are on top of the world. It is the highest point I have travelled to, atop a mountain in Southern California. The air is so clear and crisp, a refuge from the summer heat and smog in the cities below. Last year I shared its beauty with my husband. This year we are taking my 12 year old daughter, Kelly, with us. We are still such neophyte travellers, my husband and I. Each vista, town, locale, we see through the eyes of a child.
My oldest, Brian, backpacked across Europe during a semester off from collage so many years ago. Child #2, Sara, spent time teaching in Turkey and Nicaragua. Chris's talent with the soccer ball got him and his team to Italy & Brazil. And Sam saw Italy with a high school sponsored trip her junior year. But the parents? We had barely stepped beyond the familiar east coast until in recent years my art became the catalyst to expand our world. In 5 days we are off across the ocean to a land of ancient civilization. "O the places you'll go" pops into mind. And I say, "Oh the places I've been." I am full of wonder. Life is WONDERful.