The real life.
These photos, taken yesterday, made me think of the line leading up to this family. Nik with his boys resembled his dad with his boys, a generation ago. Nik grew up on a farm, and his brother, two years younger than him, was his trusty sidekick in the wild farm life they lived. He jokes that they were not really ever tame, living the free life, roaming the fields and river around the farm in England.
Now is the time to give our children this opportunity, to keep the magic of childhood and power of the elements within reach, to not let them go or slip into the noise of our hyper-stimulating, addictive virtual world. To keep them here, with the earth and the wind and the animals and us. To teach them about the soil and the seasons, the cycle of life, the responsibilities and privileges of being human, about joy and compassion and the real life.
I wouldn't change it for anything.