In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
*Special post in honor of our 1 year anniversary and our adventures in the future weeks: (There’s a little regular weekly recap at the bottom of this post as well…)
“You come too.”
Do you know the book this quote comes from? (The poem The Pasture by Robert Frost. It is also shared in a favorite book I’ve mentioned many times over the years- Love that Dog by Sharon Creech.)
It is quite powerful.
I was honored when recently I got a message in a similar vein from someone I admire and adore.
It was: “I am returning to China! Let’s meet up if we can!”
Then there was an email.
“Come to Shaolin!”
Do you know where Shaolin is?
If you follow Lenore Look at: http://lenorelook.wordpress.com you do know about Shaolin for sure.
We were invited to join Lenore on her research/vacation return to China in August.
What does that mean? Well, at first, we thought it meant that our son might learn Kung Fu for a few days with Lenore Look’s brilliant Kung Fu master. My husband was a little jealous.
No? We were encouraged to visit more than just two days? Ok, we’ll commit to six. We’ll certainly commit to this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
It really meant we would commit to visiting for six days and the WHOLE FAMILY would be expected to learn.
Does that include me?
Little old, have issues with the hips and knees, me?
Yes. “You come too.”
Wow. What a kind, generous, welcoming opportunity from both Lenore Look AND her Kung Fu master.
Now there is something to anticipate.
We’re going in three weeks.
Is there a way to transport ice?
Is there a way to tell a monk “MERCY”?
The last time I did anything related to this was in college. I joined a Tae Kwon Do club and enjoyed it a tiny bit until I failed to block a punch properly and received a bruise from my wrist to my elbow. I was told to “buck up”. I walked away. My attitude at the time was, “Nope, I’ve dealt with acute arthritis pain since I was 13. Why would I add more pain in my life and accept you hurting me? I’d rather go dance.” So I did. Plus I learned to adore yoga. But… Yoga is not Kung Fu.
And now… Kung Fu.
I was excited for my son.
I was hopeful my husband could join in as well.
Me? Um… Excited and simultaneously terrified! Plus, I just can’t wait to see Lenore again! I’m so grateful for the time we’ve already enjoyed together plus all the continuing conversations through Twitter, blogs, and email… Face to face though, quality. Treasured. *Anticipation!
We’re going here:
By Hagen Graf [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Links to Lenore’s experience last year in Dengfeng:
Her beginnings staying at Shaolin Temple, yikes:
So… here’s to adventure and exploration!
We are headed to China tomorrow to a different area to relax, go on a raft down a river, tour some caves, and explore. Really anticipating it.
We’ll be visiting: http://www.yangshuoguesthouse.com in Yangshuo, Guangxi, China.
Here are a few of the views we’re hoping to see in the five days we visit Yangshuo:
By Maria Ly (Flickr: moon hill) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
By Kit Rawson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
By McKay Savage from London, UK [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
A little glimpse at our life this past week: I went to a HUGE ENORMOUS GIGANTIC Book Fair, we visited the Hong Kong History Museum and the Lego Exhibit, and also tried out a delicious pizza restaurant! The book fair was crazy huge and I was thrilled to experience it. Honestly would prefer to wander around a quiet book store or library instead of around a book fair packed with people, but to see so many people excited about books… priceless. My happiest moments? When I saw Wonder by R.J. Palacio being sold all over the place. There were many other ‘favorite book’ sightings, but that one was at so many displays! I also visited two used book stores and found some book treasures. Why in the world did I want to buy more books to read when I am FINALLY whittling away at the huge “to be read” stack? Um, not sure but I can honestly say I’m excited to read two treasures ASAP, one is: One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson and the other is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. When I found both treasures, I danced a happy dance. (Seriously, most of the time I can’t find the books I really want to read for at least two months or more.) I put an explanation in for each picture instead of writing more, feel like I’ve said enough for this week!
Happy reading and adventures your way everyone!
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