The best lessons of his life, were outside of the classroom
So, as it happened, his father spared no effort in transmitting his vast experience to his young son.
He didn’t limit his teaching to matters concerning the farm, but went further still, trying to explain the world that surrounded them, communicating a wealth of knowledge he had accumulated throughout so many years.
Magnifico displayed a frank and open curiosity about every little detail they discussed. The child seemed to assimilate it all instantly and with an extraordinary ease.
Though the nest may be so comfortable, it is hopelessly left behind, in the moment when wings reach out for flight…
Camila was the first to break the silence. Her voice reflected a meditative state of mind.
“You know something?”
“Excuse me?” was Magnifico’s reply. He was also lost in his own thoughts.
“It seems it was easier than I thought. But, I must admit that I feel sorry for your folks. The way I see it, your mom is terribly worried. And I’ll tell you another thing, she’s scared because she feels we won’t be kids for much longer and she won’t be needed soon. She frightened thinking that the day will come when you leave her to go with me. Actually, she believes she’s is going to lose you…”
Outside, holding hands and deeply pensive, Magnifico and Camila walked. Without having heard the conversation between the parents, they too were totally engrossed in their own reflections concerning the morning’s events.
Juana, the shepherd, if only in performing her job, though not by breeding, was attentively watching the mischievous goats and insuring that they didn’t stray on their own, bringing them back to follow the path with an occasional bark or a nip.
The sun was warming the morning up , dissipating the cold weather from the night before. The kids were so engrossed in their thoughts that they never noticed how beautiful the morning was.
There had been moments of doubt in her mind and quite a few at that, but there was never one to vanquish her, for even the darkest nights, inevitably ended in a new dawn with its own light…
Mother looked exhausted. It seemed she had fought a storm that with sudden violence had assaulted her world, consistently so placid and easy-going. She couldn’t grasp what had happened during that morning. The day had begun so perfectly well…
How could it be possible that her child wanted to set up his own home? Now, as it turns out, he wants to leave us and sleep under some other roof, God know why! And, how can it be that this… little boy, has suddenly turned into a young man, so full of ideas and so abruptly with no warning? No way, this just can’t be! Besides, he’s going to live with Camila? For heaven’s sake. They’re just a couple of kids and have so much more to learn… She’s a dear, I have no doubts about that, but how can she consider living in a house stuck on a tree? And for a moment, she had me convinced.
Finally, she unexpectedly broke the prevailing silence.
“And you, sir, what do you have to say about all this?” she asked her husband, her face dark with unaffected worry.
Compartían su amor por el mundo observado desde las alturas de su imaginación
Inside the cow shed and in the continuing silence, Magnifico’s voice was heard, perhaps, a bit too loud:
“You’re so awesome and just too beautiful, Camila”
Camila, utterly surprised by the outburst, replied, “Excuse me?”
Talking directly to Camila, he answered: “Sorry Camila, I was talking to the other Camila, you know? The one right beside me.”
Hugging the cow and speaking to everyone, he proudly said, “Camila here, is done with today’s milking. And, she must be in a very good mood this morning. Today, she’s done more than her share of the milking!” Camila, was Lencha’s youngest calf. Like and any good mom, she mooed her compliments to Camila from her stall in the shed.
He continued, immediately after, as he turned toward his father. “If it’s alright with you, Dad, Camila’s joining me this a lot morning to take the goats out to graze. She’s been thinking about how to set up the house in the pine tree.”
Camila quickly added, “I’ve made some drawings of the house. They’re in my rucksack. I like them and I think they’ll do very nicely.”
“I was sort of thinking that the kitchen and a place to sit around would be at the lowest level, something simple and at around twelve feet above the ground. Right where the actual play-house right now.”
Then, there’s some wooden rungs to get up to the bedroom. To the side and in-between both rooms, we could place the bathroom. You get to it, going down a bit from the bedroom or going up from the kitchen. Of course, with those views up there, all the rooms would have picture windows to take in the scenery from above.”
“I’m so sorry, but I can’t show you the drawings yet. First, I’d like the lord of the house to see them,” she commented laughing.
Dad and Mom listened in absolute silence, very pondering quietly. So many thoughts raced through their minds.
If we could make our lives could reach as far… as our dreams
“Since you love to scamper all the way up there in those high places, it’s fitting to build a house high above for you. Down on earth, where the rest of us live, you be bored to death after a while. The clearing below is beautiful, but that’s where your folk like to do their Sunday picnics. We can use what’s already built. We just need to enlarge it, and we’ll have a great place to live.”
Magnifico carefully thought how to answer, and after a while, he smiled as he said:
“Of course, you’re right Camila. That’s exactly it! We’ll extend the house and include a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom to fall asleep in as we look out at the stars through the window.”
“You know what surprises me? I can´t believe how well you know me!” He added while smiling from one ear to the other.
“And what did you expect, after all these years of hanging out with you. Sometimes, you’re just so conceited…”
From his vewpoint high above… the world below appeared to be but a fantasy
“But, come on, you just love climbing all those hard to get to high places, just like a monkey, so I get this feeling that you’ll get to be very bored after a while! Back there, anywhere you look, it´s just flat lands.”
“Yes, Ma’am, that’s true enough. So then, how about the old pine tree clearing? There’s the trusty ol’ pine tree and plenty more trees I can climb over there.”
“Nice, but what would happen to the Sunday picnics with your folks? You can´t take that away from them, can you?”
“So, Camila, if it’s neither in the back of the orchard, nor in the clearing, it would good to know where you suggest we build the house.”
“You see, but you don’t, do you? You wouldn´t find the spot even if we were standing there. On the pine tree, of course. Right where your father built that tree house for you. Of course, we would want something bigger…”