As we stroll around the American War Cemetery in Northern France, the second part of our world war visits having already been to Flanders a few days previously, we are all reminded of the fragility of life. It’s a timely reminder as we set out on our own journey that we cherish every day we have together.
It’s not that we ever imagined wasting days on the trip, far from it, yet seeing the graves, hearing the stories and knowing what so many gave fighting for our freedom is a stark reminder of how precious life is and the need to make the most of every moment.
It’s not, we believe, to say that every day on the Big European Odyssey has to be packed full of activity. As even at home, we don’t live like that, but rather to be present in every moment we have, even the simple ones, to value each opportunity and never take anything for granted. As we have already found, some days that’s doing little more than spending time at the campsite, revelling in each other’s company, enjoying the weather and making the most of the facilities – which for Harrison & Dorothy invariably means the swimming pool.