Taking her daughters to remote Australia to sleep on the ground – chicagotribune.com

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NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia — It was a terrible thing to admit to myself, but my teenage daughters are a bit spoiled. My own youth involved riding public transportation, taking bug-infested hikes, sailing competitively in thunderstorms and sleeping on the ground. My children, I realized, would be adrift if asked to do any of these things.

Summer was approaching, and I knew I had to do something.

“We are,” I informed them, “going to remotest Australia, and there we shall sleep on the ground and in tents. This will be very good for you. And don’t bother to bring your phones. They won’t work.”

What a wonderful and memorable experience this woman has give her daughters. I hope they appreciate it. Australia is still on my list of places to visit, but it doesn’t help that the flight prices are so high, and the distance so far, that I can’t justify going for a week.

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