¨Enjoy your adventure!¨
¨It will be such a great adventure!¨
¨Cannot wait to hear about your adventures!¨
These were some of the encouraging comments from friends and family before we moved from the US to Ecuador in 2013. Adventure was a word I heard many times. My very supportive, encouraging Mom wanted to hear about our adventures.
To me, adventure had always meant an exciting, awe-filled, wonderful experience. I was not so sure if what we were doing qualified as an adventure. I hoped that we would find a home and a place to buy chicken once we arrived. And perhaps a little adventure here and there.
The first months of exciting, awe-filled, wonderful times were interspersed with frustrating, miserable, soul-searching times. It was an adventure, alright! Some days felt like the wrong type of adventure to me.
Being on a burning boat in the ocean is surely an adventure, but is it the kind you want?
|Burning boat, Puerto Lopez, Manabí, April 4, 2016
On one of my frustrating, miserable, felt-like-my-boat-was-on-fire days, I opened an email from Mom. It ended with ¨Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure!¨
I do not remember what it was that had me so down that day – could have been anything really. Perhaps it was one of these:
- A steaming hot day without power, which meant no fans and rotting food in the fridge
- Another day when I could not find the lady in town who sold chickens so I could make dinner
- It may have simply been a day when I forgot mosquito repellent and had one too many bites
Whatever it was, I was having a pity party for one when I read her email. My response was rude and inexcusable.
¨My life is not an adventure! It is a normal, every day life with ups and downs exactly like everyone else´s. I just live in a different country!¨
I am certain I never apologized to my mom for my terrible response. I have no excuse. Life went on and neither of us mentioned it. She has not used the word adventure with me since.
Dear Mom: I am sorry for my rude reply and my extremely tardy apology. You are right – my life IS an adventure! Ask anytime about my adventures – I will share the fun ones and the burning boat ones, too. Perhaps I will even have a story about a baby monkey on my head!
|Cojimies, Manabí, Oct 29, 2013
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