This Is Not Utopia
Our weekend camping trip began with my husband not leaving work early:
...Sitting in rush hour traffic;
...taco bell for supper in the van;
...trying to explain to our three-year-old son why we don't eat meat
and some people do;
...getting to the campsite and realizing we forgot a whole crate of gear;
...thought we forgot a tent pole (luckily we found it);
...son asking when we are going home;
...rain, leaking tent, wet sleeping bags;
...and poorly planned meals.
Now let's rewind and try again:
...Leaving for camping trip early;
...all the gear stored in one place in the garage;
...well planned meals -- maybe stuffed peppers or grilled tofu sandwiches;
...if we have to eat out, a choice of restaurants where we don't
have to customize the whole order;
...going camping with other vegans so our son doesn't think
we are the only people like this;
...no rain, or at least a tarp over the tent;
...fun hikes and visits with other families.
We have a long way to go to reach utopia. If we try to take small steps, we will get closer. If we string together enjoyable experiences, we can find our own utopias.
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