There may have been tears. The realities behind the beautiful pictures taken may only be partial stories. Yes, almost every exploration has its beautiful and perfect moments. But, especially with young children, it is most likely only half of the reality. Let me give you an example.
We Went to the River
It was a beautiful day in April. The weather was amazing for spring in Alaska. So we decided to take a picnic dinner down to a local river. I had visions of laughter, fun, sunshine, and a seamless dinner. The pictures truly display this “vision,” but the reality? It may have been different.
There May Have Been Tears
A child may have had an accident that resulted in a tearful one mile round trip walk from the river back to the car for fresh clothes and then back to the river for some river time.
The last few bites of someone’s dinner may have fallen into the river and disappeared downstream.
There may have been a child or two that attempted to test their physical capabilities and crashed, skinning a palm.
A child attempting to learn the concept of leverage may have dropped a large boulder on their toes.
One of the children may have attempted to follow Daddy into a portion of the river and may have discovered that Daddy’s boots are taller than his and ended up fairly soaked.
There may have been tears….and a lot of them. (Yes, every single one of these things happened on this adventure where these happy pictures were taken.
But The Reality is Still Worth It
Not every adventure goes as we plan or dream. And the pictures captured most likely don’t represent the full reality of the adventures. But….even so….it is worth it. Thankful for bubbling rivers, mountain views, children dancing as silhouettes in the sunshine beams glistening off the water, and the quiet whir of bush planes overhead that all whisper “home” to my soul. There may have been tears…but that isn’t the full story. The story is still beautiful and worth it.