As a kid I had the privilege of spending time on our family farm, very similar to our friends’ nature reserve that we recently had the pleasure of spending time on with them and another couple.
Our visit made me realise many things, including that in the hustle of it all, I’ve shelved precious childhood experiences in a box in some dusty memory attic. The visit to their farm, made me blow off the dust and revisit these fond memories again.
You might think it crazy that the word fond refers to a place with no electricity which results in no straighteners etc. and no cell phone reception so no Facebook, instant messaging or e-mails and did I mention the prospect of countless bugs!! Eek!
I quickly forget that I passed through childhood, blissfully unaware even of the potential existence of these (except for the bugs of course). To be honest, I was a bit sceptical when we read the initial invite.
During our time there, the simplicity of it all revealed many valuable truths.
We had long conversations around a table under a big old tree as the sun passed over, this tree must’ve watched as many a little one grow up into teenagers and later adults as our friend’s family returned to the farm.
At night we used paraffin lamps to have sufficient light and the guys prided themselves in making big fires in the fire pit that provided body warmth and heat for cooking, while the girls busied themselves in the kitchen with just enough light not to mistake the salt for the sugar.
We also went for long walks and extended afternoon naps, with nothing chasing us and nowhere to be in 30 minutes, as we so often get caught up in meetings and appointments.
Perhaps the most important truth I was reminded of is that quality company and true friendship makes you forget time, the absolute must haves and invests far more into life than any gadget or reception ever might have.