I just returned from several days of camping in the hills of Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburg. Each year from the time my children were 2 and 4 years old until they got through high school I met up with 3 other women friends and our 10 children to go “Chick Camping”. We travel to places within 2 hours of home for the first few years and then as one friend moved out East we traveled a further distance each year to meet up more centrally to all of us. So, much fun. So many memories. But as my children are now 21 and 23 (and as are the others, moving on into adulthood), we had not camped together in a few years. Until this past weekend. This time just the four “moms” went.
On day one of our adventure we set out on a 7-mile hike through the woods in the heat and humidity. As my friend Kate stopped to take yet another picture of unusual fungi she remarked something to the effect of “how interesting that there are so many (beautiful) ways for things to decay.”
I am turning the page to a new chapter of my life. I am bringing some long standing parts of my life to a close over the next couple of months (if plans continue on the path I envision). I know it is time. Yet, it can be hard sometimes not to look back and yearn for what once was. Camping with kids (like life in general) had both it’s joys and it’s challenges.
This is currently a time of great change for many on this planet (and for the planet herself). I think it can be helpful to see the Fungal Bouquets as a symbol and a reminder that what “used to be”, can be “food” for something new and beautiful. Decay? I prefer to think of it as New Growth.