Dick, Annet’s father and Jonas’ grandfather, remarked that one of the most underrated arts was the Art of Laziness. Our friend the sloth is showing us the way. This benign creature appears to look at the world with a rather unflappable benevolence. We saw one sound asleep on a tree limb overhanging the main road, trucks passing underneath, missing her by a few feet. She survives on fruits and needs very little to satiate her between the frequent naps.
Laziness is a sin, particularly abhorred in our busy Western minds. This creature teaches us to take things serenely (tranquila), to enjoy the rain, the sun, ‘Om te roeien met de riemen die we hebben’ to row with the peddles we’ve got.
Hopefully opa brought some of this teaching back to the old country, where it seems like sometimes people are at a loss when they are not very busy doing something. If this is a sin, then I may quote here Marten Luther, who said: ‘Sin bravely”.