Since it's difficult for me to let an Illustration Friday go by without me, I got my fix in today for this week's prompt: Explore.
School year 2004 - 2005 was notable for me because Meego went off to preschool that year. He only attended twice a week, a couple of hours each time, but for me, who'd had at least one child always hanging off me like a koala bear for 10 years, it was a bit strange to have those 4 hours a week with just myself.
One "me" activity I did while Meego was getting socialized was read. I came across a biography of African explorer Henry Stanley, and became wholly engrossed. After finishing it, I poured through Through the Dark Continent, volumes 1 and 2: Stanley's own "classic account of explorations of lakes of Central Africa, perilous journey down unexplored Congo River. Incredible hardships, perseverance."
When I saw the prompt, I was reminded of those afternoons hanging out at the YMCA where Meego's preschool was. I'd often go for a swim and then read until his "class" was over. Reading about Stanley's adventures made me feel that my own life was so safe and easy.
I could say that I purposely chose those hours of free time to broaden my mind and knowledge of historical events. But the truth is...
I'm just a sucker for a man in a pith helmet.