If the English-speaking population were to choose a single quote to attest to the virtues of travel and it came down to a popularity contest, it would be a landslide. I wouldn’t have to look at the results to tell you the winner. Mark Twain was, unarguably, a clever man. A wise soul who is respected the world over. So revered in fact that when someone happens upon an eloquent quote and doesn’t know who wrote it, they tend to attribute the words to the great scribe. The creator of Huckleberry Finn wrote beautiful prose but the most celebrated travel quote of all time does not form part of his collection:
The real author is Jackson Brown’s mother. Not the musician who co-wrote “Take It Easy,” with the Beatles or belted out “Somebody’s Baby.” That was Clyde Jackson Browne. I’m talking about H. Jackson Brown, the American author of “Life’s Little Instruction Book.” For those who are feeling a little heartbroken about discovering that Mr Twain did not pen the words, perhaps the touching story behind the quote will ease your hurt.
H. Jackson Brown’s mother loved to write him and his sister letters. Each letter ended with a P.S. followed by an anecdote of humour or advice and then a declaration of love. As a young boy Jackson was impatient to get to the good bit so he skipped the meat of the letter, greedily reading the P.S. first.”Twenty years from now,” was one of the gems sitting between his mother’s P.S. and her “I love you.”
In the spirit of giving credit where it is due, I’d like to acknowledge Lori Ann Graham for the beautiful photographs and words that follow. If you haven’t cast your eyes across Lori’s other adventures, have a peak at ‘Namibia through Lori’s lens‘ and ‘Lori captures the Victoria Falls‘. For those who have been waiting with bated breath for more from Lori, it’s safe to exhale now:
Botswana and Zimbabwe…
A word of thanks from Lori…
“It’s been my great pleasure to share our epic journey to Africa with all of you, thank you for coming along.”
Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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