Hanging with our tribe
30 June 13
Although we’re almost constantly on the move, we inhabit a community within which we find support, encouragement and loads of fun. Sometimes our community consists of other homeschooling families and other times it’s travellers we meet on the wayside. I especially treasure the times I spend with our Rainbow tribe — an eclectic group of artistic, musical, international and conscious people who are found all over the globe.
Yesterday I received a call from a beautiful Rainbow friend who put me back in touch with Julia, with whom we had been camping before we flew to Indonesia. Julia invited us around to her house today where they were gathering to farewell one sister as well as to celebrate Julia’s birthday!
Our day started off really slowly. The girls loved our beach-bush location and spent hours exploring the landscape — climbing the trees, combing the beach and finding secret hiding spots.
Leisurely, I packed up the bus and when the girls were ready we made the short drive to Julia’s house. It’s a basic two-bedroom house in an ordinary suburban street, conveniently bordered by a vacant lot which serves as the parking lot for all Julia’s friends’ cars!
Gatherings of Rainbow people are woven together with food, art and music. We sat on cushions on the floor or lounged in the garden while the kids played around us. We all contributed food — good healthy food, vegetarian or vegan — and so we ate and ate. Melody sat and needle-felted little gnomes. Tim pulled out his knitting needles and worked on a glove. Sam and Melody played the guitar. I tapped on my bell drum.
I love the opportunity to reconnect with special friends and also to be introduced to new ones. The diversity of the Rainbow tribe is what makes us so special, for we appreciate and celebrate the identifiable differences among our people!
Thank you, Julia, for including us today, and we look forward to seeing more of you in the future!