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Surf’s Up

You may ask, what do the Hendry kids do for fun now that they are living in a place without a mall or a beach?


You’d be amazed.


Yesterday, Kent and a friend were hanging out for “band practice”. They have a band now, and honestly, they are getting pretty good. Later, they asked if they could go four wheeling. I said “Sure, if you will stop and pick a few blackberries.” They didn’t mind devoting a half hour to “the cause” if I’d promise to give Jake a bottle of wine later (for his family, of course) so we came to a bargain. Then, the boys proved their manhood, by returning with a huge bowl of juicy blackberries and only one hornet sting. It allowed me to make my blackberry wine – VERY labor intensive with 30lbs of blackberries, 11 pounds of sugar, 1o pounds of boiled banannas and …. well, that is another story. 

Then, Kent said, “Mom, we’re going surfing. Be back later.” 
I was busy making wine AND pickles at the same time (country multitasking) , so I didn’t think anything of it. About ten minutes later, I thought ,”Surfing?”

Later, Kent made a video of his adventure to amuse us. I told him to find a way for me to share it with friends, so he put it on a site and this is how you can see it.

Check out the brilliant talent, natural grace, and inovation of young master Hendry. This is how my kids spend a Sunday in Georgia.   

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rAR1gJEewM4

I bought this dumb seven dollar snow disk last November. My kids have used it endlessly, for snow, mud, and grass surfing. I used to buy things like 500 dollar wii’s. Now, it’s a generic  plastic disk that gets grins. I’m telling ya, simplifying has more perks than you can imagine. Part of this video was shot at night, because they had so much fun, they went back for more later. The dogs are my son’s sidekicks. Go everywhere with him. You haven’t seen fun until you see Kent in a flat out snowfight with his dog. Perhaps with his new video camera, we’ll get a video of that too this winter! This is by the site for my future barn. The horses watch, blinking, and you know they are thinking, “Humans are weird. This one in particular…”  

Today, we are all going tubing. We will sit in huge inner tubes and float down the occoee river watching the clouds go by and sharing stories. My son will amuse us with physical antics (he always does) and Neva will spend the day seeking out and pointing to every live creature she can spot. Fish, raccoons, lizards, you name it. I will write books in my brain. Mark will stare at trees and mentally plan his next house. Dianne will squeel when a rock hits her butt. This will cost us exactly the fifty cents worth of gas to get down the river which happens to be right by our house (we own the tubes – I’ll pack lunch). You see – we don’t have a mall, but we do have fun.

Who’d a thunk it was possible in a place so remote it doesn’t have even a single Starbucks to put it on the map?  

About Ginny East Shaddock

Director of Heartwood Retreat Center, Ginny is also a writer. This is her personal blog with essay form writing about life and reflection. My entries are often lengthy and random, because I'm not here to promote or sell anything. I'm not expecting followers - just find this format a good place to think with the pen.

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  1. Crystal Giorlando

    Ginny,Were my eyes playing tricks on me but didn’t you post a rather nasty blog about a certain someone?? I must admit that I was a bit taken back by your comments, but the truth is the truth. Once again you have made me smile. By deleting this you have proven once again that your character is way far above others (that will remained unmentioned). “The truth will set you free” is not always the best pretext to live by. Those that behave in bad ways will get theirs in return. Once again, you have not gone to the gutter with others….Now, can you please post a new picture of that little peacock Early..I have never seen a baby peacock (only beautiful adults) and I would love to see her/him ? grow. Congrats on your masters..Crystal

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  2. Ahem… yes, someone sent me something that triggered a mood (as these things often do) and I posted my honest thoughts about it. The rant remained posted about two hours. When I got home from an errand, I had received several responses, mostly agreeing with me, but Mark also made a comment that said, “This is ugly. Take it off please.” So I did. I feel entitled to state my opinion, and sometimes I think it is in everyone’s best interest that that I do so, but I don’t think it is right to step on a soapbox when Mark is uncomfortable with the fallout. Responses and attitudes are aimed at both of us, you know. I would have stuck by my post if I thought it mattered, but I knew it was “emotional me” rather than “productive me” and that post was nothing more than venting.  I can’t pretend to justify that. To those who wrote a comment in response to the blog, I apologize that their voice will not be heard. If it is any consolation, their agreement is ringing in my head with a mighty, “Right on, sister.”I will post a picture of Early later (ha, sounds funny).  Sometimes I worry that my incessant talk about birds and bees and gardens and cooking is boring people to death, but honestly, getting this close to natural living fascinates me. I’m just not always sure it translates to others as anything other than quirkiness. Ah well, that is me as much as dance was.Thanks for writing Crystal. And thanks for reading. Means allot. 

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