Into Something Better: Sailing in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

August 28, 2017

Sleeping in the Forest


Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly

Arranging her skirts

Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before

A stone on the riverbed,

Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,

But my thoughts.

And they floated light as moths

Among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

Breathing around me.

The insects and the birds

Who do their work in darkness.

All night I rose and fell,

As if water, grappling with luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.

Inspired by this breathtaking poem by Mary Oliver, a group of freelensing Mothers from around the world have come together to let our children explore this great planet of ours. Through the fields, forests, streams and rivers our children roam. Untethered and disconnected from the intrawebs of modern life. And because we only freelense on these adventures, there is a side of embracing the unexpected and the random.

One summer morning, I got a phone call. One I didn’t want, but one which might save my life. Then I got a text, a few days late, asking if we wanted to go sailing. We shunned the sardines packed on the beach. The masses. The line ups for burgers, bathroom stalls and parking spots. For the solitude of  floating on The Lake. With 3 people I love dearly. My son, my daughter and my brother.

The quiet. On this day of all days. Called to the water. This place called Grand Bend. Of Course.

Up next in the circle of freelensing adventures is Heather Robinson, fearless leader and inspiration to all of us.
(PS. an ultrasound a week later showed the lumps my mammogram had found were thankfully only cysts, and nothing to be concerned about)

Up next in the circle is the master of freelensing, Heather Robinson

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  • Barb August 29, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I love all the details Sherri, it seems this adventure called just at the right time. So beautifully captured. Glad you are ok but sorry you had to worry.

  • Nadia August 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I want to go in an adventure ! Beautiful pics .! And happy to hear you are ok ! Sailing with family that is great happy place !

  • Cindy August 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Love all the colour and I am so happy to hear your good news. Hugs

  • Joni August 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Sherri, these are gorgeous and I hope taking them was therapeutic for you. I’m glad you got good news. <3