Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thoreau's Mug


Son Ted left this mug with me while he's away in Africa.
We think he bought it at the Isla Vista Food Co-op.
Maybe it helped give him the courage he needed to join the Peace Corps and head off for a rural village in Togo.

Since he left last September I've been using it for my tea, and contemplating the message on it. Daughter Elizabeth has been living its message for as long as we can remember. My wife, too.

6 comments:

Delwyn said...

Good morning Dan, I can only think, on reading this post, that you and Sarah have been a great examples, mentors and inspiration to your children. I have often thought of doing volunteer work abroad tho' now realize I have left it too late and regret that I did not do it when I was young, but then my life went on took another trajectory...and told another story...with which I am content...

Sarah Lulu said...

I like to believe I'm now living out the message on the mug after a very long phase of doing exactly the opposite. You must feel such pride in your daughter, son and wife.

I am happy that my children have more of an ability and understanding than I did ...and they see their path much clearer.

Katherine said...

Yes. And you, Dan?

A friend once said to me "If you could do anything, what would you
do?" And when I replied, he said "What is stopping you taking a step in that direction today?" Of course the answer is often 'Nothing but fear'...

I started on my dream journey three weeks ago, and it feels GREAT!

I am grateful for:
1. Being alive
2. Having my sight
3. Supportive friends who contact me and say things like 'how's the art student getting on?'

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, you're still young enough to volunteer overseas if you really want to. I think a good number of the Peace Corps volunteers are about our age.

As for our influence on our children, thank you. If we've done well, it was simply our pleasure to do so. We feel mostly blessed and very fortunate to have had the children we did.

Dan Gurney said...

Sarah Lulu, I so agree. I know that both of our children have had clearer vision than either of us had. It feels good to have done all we could do (and I wish I could do more) to make our children's lives better than our own.

Dan Gurney said...

Katherine, I can see you can read between the lines. I'm making no statements right now, other than to say, I'm giving that mug's quotation due consideration....

Congratulations for having had the courage to start your dream journey. We, the readers of LVD, await a full explanation/description of this new direction in your life.