kellen half-way up the mountain in the Quiver forest just outside Nieuwoudtville
kellen: "i'm going to run up the mountain".
dad: "no, you can't go now. we can come back another day. grandma and grandpa is waiting in the car. we have to take them into consideration as well."
kellen: "but dad! this is what traveling is all about. running up mountains, looking for treasures, exploring and seeing and finding new things. it's the first time we are here and i have to try everything at least once!" (with an exclamation mark)
me: "yes, you are right. run, i will wait for you. you can climb every mountain."
Gosh! i love this boy. and one day when he starts traveling by himself, i will stand at the airport, waving goodbye, swallowing my tears, but boy will i be proud!
** read this beautiful written piece on traveling young by Jeff Goins