Friday, May 15, 2009


"One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet." ~Odell Shepherd

This weekend was a Cub Scout camping weekend for Benjamin and me. Lots of fun: GPS hiking, fishing, good food, learning, friends, sleeping in a tent, great weather, etc...

The highlight of the weekend for us was the campfire. We brought a lighter, some starter logs, and lots of wood. About ten o'clock in the evening, we started our campfire. Within minutes the fire was roaring. It was amazing to see the world through the eyes of seven year old. He loved the campfire. It's almost as no video games or television shows ever existed. The campfire was the center of the universe. When it started to go down, Benjamin would throw a new log on the fire. If a spark would spill out of the pit, he would put out the fire and save the forest. He collected leaves and twigs and burned them. We talked next to the warmth of the fire. We cooked some bratwurst and marshmallows. As the fire started to go out, he sat on my lap as we talked some more.

The best two hours of my week! No question about it.

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