Dawn Treader chose "Life in the Clouds".....
Life among the clouds would be wonderful...above the clouds it is always a sunny day.
In 2005, my son and I took a road trip to Denver to see an Eric Clapton concert. While we were there, we made the trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a perfect day to see the majesty of the Rockies. A front was moving through the area and the cloud formations with the vistas of the National Park as a background was stunning!
My first memory of the mountains as a child was on a trip to the Smokies. My first plane flight was at the age of 21 so as a child I had never yet flown. On the drive through the mountains...we suddenly were immersed in what I thought was a fog bank. My dad looked back at me in the rear view mirror and said..."right now we are actually driving through the clouds". As a wide eyed youth with an over active imagination, I was thrust into a whole world of at once...disbelief and wonderment. The idea of actually being in a cloud was thrilling. Once we emerged, I looked over my shoulder at a landscape far below partially covered by cotton candy clouds as far as the eye could see.
On that trip with my son, those feelings came back to me and I wondered if he would have the same thoughts years down the road. Those types of thoughts were on my mind anyway...thoughts of my son's passing youth and coming of age...this was his last summer at home...in one month he was going away to college. The trip created lasting memories for both of us...conversations about goals, making correct decisions, keeping the eye focused on studies first and women second, things not do do like I did in the 60's were all part of our time together. He suffered through my time worn stories about college in the late 60's and I suffered through his stories about the latest heavy metal group...but after the trip...we both learned things about each other that we did not know before.
The clouds inspired us and Clapton exploded onto the stage...music that we both identified with.
Common ground was found.
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