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Thursday, August 02, 2007

They're Everywhere

Amy, the kids and I are all on vacation this week - first a few days of beachcombing on Cape Cod, and then as Amy returns to the Cape to celebrate her mother's 75th birthday with her mom and sister, I'm taking the kids (and their cousins) camping in New Hampshire. We're in between those two adventures right now, catching a moment to unpack, repack, and post up some thoughts. And aside from just thinking about how nice it was to have back-to-back days of frolicking together as a family, I'm thinking about the fact that ESP parents are everywhere.

We meet them just by bringing up the topic, which tends to come up naturally in those first few introductory remarks between adults - where are you from, where are you staying, what do you do? I will never tire of discovering others who share equally - such as the couple at Power's Landing beach in Wellfleet who are in academia and each work in their offices 3 days a week. All of us felt the bond of a secret understanding when we figured out the similarities. They said they feel different than most of their friends, still a fringe family of sorts. If I read them correctly, they were happy to realize their lifestyle was being written about on a website somewhere. I hope they will contribute their story here, as Amy and I suggested they do.

We would never have realized that this couple, or any other ESP family we meet, live like us without asking. They simply seem like the average happy family.

I wonder who I'll meet around the campfire on Vachon Vacation Phase II?


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