Instead, the magazine was about glitzy ski homes, far from simple shelter. Seems like the word shelter had quite a different meaning in my vocabulary from that of the magazine publisher. Maybe ad revenue had something to do with it.
Shelter can mean a lot of different things, but for me, it means a place to get out of the elements, whether temporarily, like under a tree, or with more panache, like this cave:
|A limestone cave in Logan Canyon, Utah|
My mom spent a lot of her childhood in her grandparents’ house near Emporia, Kansas, which is now a very nice B&B. It was large and well-made, built by my great-grandfather, who was quite successful in the oil and cattle businesses. The house had a screened porch that went the entire length of the front, porch swings, and even a cupola.
She never forgot it, and all her life wanted a beautiful house. My dad was raised in a simple ranch house in NW Colorado and never gave a whit for the finer things of life (well, except for HAM gear and guitars). To him, if you had a roof over your head, you were doing just fine, even if you could hear the rain coming down because that roof was made of tin.
My parents never had a fancy house when I was growing up, but it was good enough and in a good location. Right across the street were golf course homes, which I think drove home my mom's personal tragedy of not having a place like her grandparents. It was kind of funny, as she wasn't really materialistic in other ways, just regarding the house thing.
They say we take after our parents, and I think the difference between my mom and dad has resulted in a permanent state of cognitive dissonance for me when it comes to shelter.
In many ways, I'm happy to have a little cargo trailer to live in (with its aluminum roof). It keeps me warm and dry and gives me a place where I can hide out from any perceived threats, such as that big dark shadow over near the rocks that I know is really just a juniper tree, but sure looks like a Bigfoot in the dark.
I've had several big beautiful houses, though I can't say my business partner (the bank) was someone I really wanted to partner with. And at least I own my trailer free and clear and don't have to pay much in taxes ($60/year).
Sometimes it seems like it's easier to live in a house, but sometimes the trailer seems easier. I think what's best is being able to move your shelter when you want to, so I guess I have to side more with my dad on this one.
But really, when it gets right down to it, shelter is about survival, and anything beyond that is icing on the cake. And sometimes it's kind of cool to hear the pitter patter of rain on the roof and know you're warm and snug inside, regardless of what that roof is made of.
|Shelter in Logan Canyon|