Go on an adventure!

The Jacksons, reflected in downtown Indianapolis, during a recent adventure.

The Jacksons, reflected in downtown Indianapolis, during a recent adventure.

By Kasey Grau Jackson

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “It takes a special woman to be a mother of boys.”

At first, I blew this comment off. Acted like I had no idea what people meant by that. Nowadays, I say, “Ya know, you’re right. This mother of boys thing is tough—and awesome. Thanks for noticing.”

Oh, boys. I have three. Yes, three. They’re all different, but so much the same. Rough and tumble one minute, wanting love the next. We’re on the go as much as we can be—especially since the divorce.

“We all need to get out and do things, see things, go on adventures. Stretch ourselves. And play. This year’s Spirit & Place Festival is November 2-11. So get out there and play.”

It’s become especially important to me to make sure my little guys are exposed to different experiences. I’ve had the talk with them recently that we should stop buying so many toys we don’t play with and start putting our money toward things we can do—like rock wall climbing (done) and traveling (in the works.) They seem to agree. I hope they remember that next time they want a toy they don’t need.

“Must I remind you, Little Man, that you wanted to save your money to go to space?” He’ll forget. I’ll remind him.

“We walked the streets, took funny window reflection photos of ourselves, sat on steps of monuments, ate pizza, had hot chocolate and just enjoyed the day, together.”

The plan is to get out more, maybe even see the world. For now, we’re seeing Indianapolis and all the spots we can around it. We’re discovering things. And ya know, there’s a lot to discover.

Recently we decided to head out on an adventure, cameras in hand. We were ready to go. But where should we start?

Downtown, of course, was their answer. We walked the streets, took funny window reflection photos of ourselves, sat on steps of monuments, ate pizza, had hot chocolate and just enjoyed the day, together. No TV. No video games. No fighting. Just fresh air and discoveries.

We played. And “Play” is the theme of the 17th Spirit & Place Festival, which is fitting. We’re doing things. Getting out more. One of my favorite Spirit & Place outings was to hear celebrity chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain banter about life in the kitchen and on the road. My friend and I went to hear them together and we still quote that night to this day, almost two years later.

We all need to get out and do things, see things, go on adventures. Stretch ourselves. And play. This year’s Spirit & Place Festival is November 2-11. So get out there and play.

Kasey Grau Jackson is the mom of three boys and is a writer and editor by day and likes to take photos pretty much all the time. She keeps up with her own blogs (theotherjackson5.wordpress.com and otherjackson5pics.wordpress.com) as much as she can, which isn’t enough, in her opinion.

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