The last time "O" and I went to Sweden we happened upon a 12th century gothic cathedral ruin by the side of the road. Surrounded by partial ancient walls, this lovely structure is surrounded by trees and flowering meadows.
All the boy could think about were the ruins at Elinghem and how he had to show his sister. If he had gotten his way, we would have landed at the Visby airport, and gone directly to Elinghem.
He didn't get his way and a few days later on a gloriously sunny day, the boy finally got to show his sister the discovery he had made a year or so before.
From the moment he left the car he became the ever dutiful tour guide.
I did not know one could speak so in depthly about a shell of a building but for our boy it isn't only a shell, it is the wonder of what stories it holds.
Who built this and why here? What did it look like before? How did it become a ruin and why didn't the people fix it? Then of course there is all the wondering of what could be done with it.
"We could raise money and repair it. We could have music concerts here. Open a cafe in the summer. Hold weddings, family reunions, plant an herb garden."
As you have probably guessed this is my son, ever pregnant with an idea or two, three, four, five...... :)
His dutiful sister knew her part in it all and inspected every discovery, every "look here". She is a champion among elder sisters.
Is what none of us expected was to make a new discovery. As I was taking this photo, I noticed our boy wonder looking inside the far wall.
"What is it "O"? " I asked.
"It's a staircase!!!! And it goes all the way up."
Dutiful sister Mimi runs to the staircase and starts to climb up. Ever the worrier, "O" starts yelling, "Wait we have to inspect it , you're going too high. What if you fall?"
And then I must tell you there was silence...........
The girl surfaced at the top of the cathedral. Following were the ever-worried words of her ever-worried brother.
It took a lot of convincing to get the boy up the stairs so he could have a look of his own.
But finally he did and now all he talks about is how they climbed the stairs at Elinghem.
What discoveries have you made lately?