Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vacation Revelation, Part IV

Fresh air smells foul to 7 year olds.


We step off the shuttle and into the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

We’re deep in the heart of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park.

It’s early morning (about 7:30 or so).

The breeze is cool.
The river is flowing rapidly about 100 yards from us.

There are trees all around us – and off in the distance is a beautiful meadow.

The rock cliffs that soar several thousand feet into the air are a deep rust color and seem to go on without ending.

There’s no one else around.

Hope and I are hand in hand as we start down the trail.

I inhale deeply – close my eyes and just soak it all in for a minute.

Hope does the same.

She inhales deeply and immediatley looks up at me with a look of disgust.

“WHAT is that smell, Mom?”

"What smell?" I demand. How could she hurl such an insult at the most beautiful place in the world?

She inhaled again - and this time cut it short with a load groan, "Ugh! The air STINKS!"

I try to compose myself amid such blasphemy.

I inhale again.

"What you smell is called fresh air, Hope. Fresh.Air."

"Yeah well...." she mutters and her voice trails off...

(long pause)

"... it stinks."



shana said...

Those crazy kids . . . what do they know anyway?
It looks glorious. Other than the foul-smelling air, I hope you had a wonderful time!

Kristi said...

Oh my Gosh! the same EXACT conversation happened between me and Bruce in West Virginia! I was Hope. He was you. Funny. But really...fresh air does smell funny after living in Cali for so long. :)