One child is asleep
one is restless
and I’m exhausted
Husband is off showering
Washing off the sweat of the day’s work
Setting up camp
It’s a humid June night
and we’re all hot.
I can hear the voices of neighbors
chatting in the campsite across from ours.
I’m feeling at once mildly uncomfortable and amused…
in a society where many of us
are insulated from hardship
We engage in activities that mimic hardship…
Sleeping outside, only a thin layer between us
and the earth
laboring to start a fire,
to prepare our meal.
Needing to walk a fair distance away
to relieve oneself or to have clean, running water…
To us this is recreation;
to others it is life.