"A picture of something you want to do before you die."
It wasn't all that long ago that I first heard the term 'bucket list,' but it certainly clicked for me: I knew what it had to be as soon as I heard it.
So what's on my bucket list? Dunno, exactly. It occurs to me that getting something recorded - 101 Things I Want To Do Before I Die - might be a good project. You know I'm planning to make next year (2012) my jubilee year. Wouldn't that be a great time to start ticking things off the 'to-do list to end all to-do lists'?
Back to the topic.
My parents subscribed to National Geographic magazine from the beginning of time. Okay, not quite that far back. I think the magazine only started in the late 1800s. Point being the magazine was on the scene at their house before I was.
The first ones I remember 'reading' had black and white photos - that's how far back I remember them. (My kids think I'm an antique because every so often I remind them that 'When EYE started school the flag only had 48 stars!' But I digress.)
Somewhere along the line, when I was maybe 8, 9, 10, there was an article about Easter Island. By then the pictures were in color, and they have stayed with me all these years.
I'd seen a real moai (the giant head statues) at the Smithsonian; I just didn't know what it was or where it came from. Those pictures, and that article, put everything together for me. The statues are magnificent.
Of all the things I want to do, going to Easter Island has topped my list for the better part of fifty years.
I don't care how overrun it is with tourists, how much it's changed, how much of a hassle to get there. I'd like to see it for real, and touch one of the moai, in its home.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!