We had been discussing a beach trip. When the kids had a recent Saturday off from choir, we decided to jump on the opportunity and make the hour and a half drive. Since we doubted we would be swimming in the Pacific, I wanted an activity involved so made our destination the Pablo Neruda House and Museum in Isla Negra.
The kids weren’t thrilled, at first. We got there right when they opened, bought our tickets and went on a guided audio tour of his home and property. There were 15 points of interest and both the kids, Mark, and myself turned out to be very interested. His home was filled with unique collections of everything from tiny guitars to fighting masks. He filled his life with items that reminded him of his youth and happiness and that helped inspire his attitude in life and writing style.
To be honest, I didn’t know very much about the Noble prize winner but indeed his home and life were both interesting and eclectic.
Known for his love poems, I encouraged the kids to write a love poem of their own when we returned.
Jane wrote a lovely, lengthy poem confessing her love for Minecraft and Wilson did a short “Roses are Red” number for Pokemon. Sigh. I tried. But they’ll forever link Pablo Neruda and love poems so that’s a win.