We were talking today at lunch about how much time school is consuming. We might as well be anywhere if we aren’t taking advantage of living in this unique place with this group of people. Last week Hans got out to take the photos of the caribou while Bonnie cleaned up a messy painting project. The next day many of that large herd had moved on.
Today Bonnie decided to go for a walk on the frozen tundra and then visited Elders. At one home they discussed the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention that just concluded yesterday. She had listened to it live on the radio, but Margaret told her that it had been televised all day, every day and she’d watched every minute. So much that she laughingly said all that sitting made it hard to walk. The talk at the second house centered around elderly people raising their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lorena says it’s hard to keep up with the almost 3 year old, and impossible to catch her when she gets outside. She worries about her getting to the lake, which isn’t frozen enough yet. Her solution? To let her be in the house in her underclothes only. That way when she gets to the door, she comes back inside–too cold. And the third Elder commented on how dark it seemed the other morning. She didn’t think the moon was looking right.
So, here it is, a public pledge to get out more. Because really, why are we here?