“Right from the start you were a thief, you stole my heart”
Yes, this is our newest song. We always have one which we go crazy over. This time, I’m jamming for the clan on my guitar too. Super cool! I think these songs are part of how we celebrate our familiness, our love of life, our love of change, and our love of holding on to love when everything else around us is changing so fast.
“Just give me a reason. Just a little bit’s enough. Just a second. We’re not broken just bent and we can learn to love again.”
You see, we fall in love and then move on, but we remain. The five of us, and our love and the love we feel for so many. And when the five of us won’t be, for eventually, one by one, we won’t be, then that love will carry on too.
“It’s in the stars, it’s been written on the scars of our heart.”
People often ask me why I blog like I do. Why don’t I tell the usual travel blog sharing like where we went, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to be aware of or not miss? Why do I go into all the emotional tides and raw details of family travel extreme highs and lows? And why don’t I give a chronological story that one can logically follow?
I’d like to answer.
1- We’re not normal and like it that way.
I’m not looking to be another family travel blog that shares the who, when, how, why, and how much. You can Google that and get fifty articles that tell you the top ten things to do in Malaysia. I want to give something of unique value.
2- We’re not a commercial and never claimed to be.
I’ve seen too many picture-perfect families who look so happy on their utopic vacation. We’re not. We burp when we’re trying to be eloquent, and the kids will inevitably start punching each other when we’re trying to make a good impression. We’ll whine on the way to some amazing diving adventure and complain over life-altering events like ‘I wanted to sit next to Mommy‘. So, I’d like people to see the dust, tears, and sweat between all the beauty and joy of family travel life on the road. It’s real. So should the blog be.
3- The order is quite irrelevant.
Humans who are productive made up time. Am I using it well, am I on time, and how does this compare to last month? It’s quite irrelevant when you live in the now. It doesn’t matter when you don’t have a phone, no appointments or commitments, and wear flip flops for months on end. Now matters and anyhow, I can’t make it.
4- The living online option. Nah!
I’ve tried to report, live, second by second, our travel life and found that I missed life, and my family, and me. I got so wrapped up in sharing and stats and all that went with it that I lost the point. “Kids shut up and go to bed so I can write about how much fun we’re having”. Yeah. Got it.
And so, the sheer volume of what we are experiencing can easily fill another ten years of a blog that posts every day. Seriously. We have entire months, like when we lived with the indigenous tribe in the Peruvian jungle, when we were not connected to the internet, at all. Slowly, over time, I’ll share bits and pieces of that adventure, that home, and that life. When I can do it, totally dependent on inspiration and balance. Otherwise, the story is fake.
5- So, we’re not into chronological.
We can’t keep it real if it stays in order, and there is so much cool stuff in the past, so many cool things that randomly come into my mind as I write (like the Fun song in the introduction), and so many cool stuff we’re dreaming of in the future that it would be a real crime to limit my sharing to the Now. Life doesn’t have to be so linear. Sometimes, yes, but usually, I prefer to spiral.
6- A new kind of travel is on my mind.
I’d prefer to randomly share with you how we’d never done an all-inclusive family vacation and God it looks sweet. They all look so perfectly tanned and loving every minute with their precious offspring. And this Club Med deal goes to Morocco, and Bali, and the Caribbean, and China and other cool places I still drool over. So, maybe one day we’ll do that cruise, ride our bikes across Europe, and live in Spain. Maybe one day we’ll settle back into our home in Israel (and love it), and we still haven’t done the sleep-under-a-bridge night, but I almost did that night in prison in Neces, Texas (different day, I know).
So, I’ll stop talking, but just for a moment. Just long enough for you to speak your mind. I’m listening. In the meantime, while you decide if you want to share your reactions to this ping-pong wham-slam whirlwind, I’ll leave you with this:
“I’m sorry I don’t understand where all this is coming from. I thought that we were fine.
Your head is running wild again. My dear we still have everything and it’s all in your mind.”
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Thank you dearly,
Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi