Travels With Mom
Tomorrow, at the crack of dawn, Mom and I will say goodbye to Ireland again and to each other for a while. We’ve already mentioned a couple “next times,” but who knows what the future holds? A year and a half ago, we decided we wouldn’t wait any longer and we booked flights for our first trip. The time I’ve had with her on these trips, by myself with her, is more time than I would have ever had with her otherwise. It’s a tremendous gift to my life.
We realize it’s a privilege to be able to travel together, but with whatever means you have and however able your body, don’t wait to have adventures with people who mean the most. It can be close to home or across the ocean, just don’t put it off. When my mom asked me if I wanted to go back to Ireland, well, for 1- little did I know we’d end up in the UK for a week! and 2- it was the easiest answer- yes!
The Time is Now
If you still have your parents, love on them. Figure out your differences and move on. Move forward. Love deeply as you can, life’s too short for anything else. We ended our final night here with Irish ciders, cheersing and thanking each other for putting up with the other. I think we both teared up knowing we are the lucky ones, and thankfulness flooded in that we can do this together and that we want to.
So here we are, laying on our bags at midnight, sleeping (one of us is sleeping) in an airport. We would’ve never grown the way we have, had those laughs and new secrets to hold, heard each other the way we have, deepened our friendship so, nor figured out together that Northern Ireland is actually part of the UK without taking the plunge. I mean really, who knew we needed pounds instead of euros!? Okay sure, many people know this but whatever…
My mom holds onto people in her life with her whole heart like no one else. She’s a mender, and her ways have become engrained in me so I’ll pass them on. If your next step is to call your mom more than once a month or simply at all, pick up that phone! maybe it’s to have tea with your dad. If you’re ready for a big trip together, I’ll help you plan it.
Whatever your next step is, don’t wait. Just do it and embrace the adventure. Mom and Dad, I’ll see you in August!