It is time. Time to go, time to travel, time to explore, time to grow as a family, time to look back on where we have been and take inventory on where we are going.
Time normally measures the passage of days and years. For us, time also becomes a measure of distance and place. Time is also the narrator of our story, she has dictated that today is the day we write the first installment. We will shed the constraints that society places on us through time, but it still remains the metronome of our life. It is time.
We leave in a week and a half. We began this effort over coffee and the Sunday paper at the end of October. As the original traveler in the family, it is I who uproots my family to head to places most do not know exist, or only dream about. In this case, it was Debbie who dared to verbalize her self-declared crazy idea. We have managed to complete more than one year’s amount of business in half the time. On most days, there was never enough time.
Though this trip has become central to everything we do as a family and in our portrait business, we have not allowed it to rule us. We are excited, more so each day the departure draws closer, but not overly so. We think about it everyday but we stay grounded in the here and now.
In our second to last weekend, we completed a huge yard sale, but we are not liquidating our life wholesale. Our house, furniture and cars remain. We will complete the final delivery of portraits, works of art that we are proud to sign our names to, but we are still open for business.
Alexa and Connor will not attend proper school for an entire year, but what they will learn will impact their life. Our final week has the children writing their final in a series of home-school driven essays on Africa, her animals and her countries. It also has them enjoying sleepovers, a water park with friends, a very American 4th of July and a baseball game between our Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Detroit Tigers.
We are ready, but only because we respect how unprepared we may ultimately be. Nothing bad will happen to us, but pragmatically if it does we have tried to address it. We have very detailed plans but our itinerary is based on complete flexibility. We have purchased a wallet numbing amount of new things, yet all we have for the year fits on our backs. We have new business cards so those we meet can stay in touch with us, they offer no address and a phone number based in California which only rings on a laptop computer. Thanks to technology and our web sites, everyone who cares can follow and keep in touch, but on many days we will be far from reachable.
This is a year about family, but we intend for it to impact us most professionally. As we focus on our family, our cameras will focus on other people’s families around the world. We have lived an anonymous life, but we intend to have the world learn about our art and our book.
We have decided to depart now, because we never know how much more time we have. It is our time.
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