Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ricki, the Family, and Hiking: Good for the Body, Good for the Soul

Two years ago I spent a month, along with Ricki, visiting my parents. This summer we again plan to spend nearly three weeks with my mother in Colorado. During my last visit my Mother and Ricki and I spent a lot of our time hiking, and I had hoped that we will all be up for a repeat.
However, whenever Ricki goes walking with me, she usually does a fair amount of complaining, so I was getting scared that she might not acquiess to much hiking. And when I mentioned to my son how I hoped his older brother, who will be joining me for a week in Colorado, will also enjoy hiking. (If for some reason my mom is too busy with other family members coming at the same time, I assumed my son would drive us over to the trails.)
"Who says Noach (the older brother) will want to go hiking?"
I looked at the younger brother rather puzzled...... NOT ENJOY HIKING?!??? Can there be such a thing?

Later I pulled out a scrap book Ricki and I had made of our previous trip. I wanted to review with her important rules:
-only eat what Mommy gives you (KOSHER food)
-no wandering off; stick with Mommy
-no bothering others

(I also added in a new one: the in-flight tele gets turned off at some point and we all go to sleep. Last time she was so enthralled with the telly she wouldn't let me sleep, and I don't want a repeat...)

So in the middle I querried her: Hey, when we go to visit Granny, you want to go walking in the mountains again?"


Thats my girl. Anyone who doesn't like hiking in our family better get his geneology checked. How can one not like hiking? Its nourishment for the body and the soul.....

1 comment:

Janet H said...

Just wanted to say Hi and that I am a new follower of your blog. I live in the the state of Arizona.

I also have a DS son who will be 14 in 2 weeks. I enjoy reading the escapades of Ricki. Patrick is less functioning due to scores of medical issues.