17 September 11
Today’s destination was Brighton, a bayside suburb to the north of Brisbane, where we visited Tony in his new home. It’s wonderful to continue our friendship with Tony and hear of the blessings and changes that have happened to him over the past six months.
Tony’s wife Lian is away for a month, visiting her parents in China, so we didn’t get to see her during this visit. However, the gardens speak strongly of her presence.
With such a beautiful, warm day on offer, we headed to the nearby waterfront to catch the sea breezes and bask in the sun. This is the first time we’ve been near water since returning to Australia, and our daughters were happy to hear that we were heading to the beach!
While the girls were playing in the water, they were approached by a dog that bears a remarkable resemblance to our old beloved Misty from certain angles. When I approached the owner to talk to him, out of the blue we shared a special conversation — not about dogs — but about unschooling!
Although he was a professor of cosmology and had been a teacher for 59 years, his comment was that institutional education is tantamount to child abuse. I didn’t bring up the subject — it was hard to get a word in edgewise — and this was his comment, not mine. David and I view these kind of encounters as messages confirming that we’re on the right path. It was bizarre in its relevance to us — to have a stranger approach me and speak so directly about such a central heart issue.
After such an encounter, it’s not so hard to believe that God is in everyone, and all our stories are written by one hand.
When the dog continued on its way, play resumed.
This is the first time that we’ve enjoyed the beach at Brighton. With Tony’s company, we particularly enjoyed today’s outing and we’re looking forward to returning again soon!