Several years ago I participated in a group project that had the participants write down their three favorite memories. We then split up into groups of three and shared the memories with the smaller group. After sharing your memories, the other two people would tell you what their perception of you was based on your memories. I can’t remember exactly what the memories were that I wrote down at that time, but I vividly remember what one of the participants told me. He said, “I can tell you are very adventurous”. To be honest, I had never really thought about it before, but after he made that comment I realized that I really did love adventure.
Over the years I have had some great adventures and as a result, I have some great memories. My favorite adventures have been with my boys. Travelling has been my “thing” with Andrew. We went to China together when he was eleven and climbing the Great Wall is something I’ll never forget. That trip is a blog post of its very own for another day. As he got older we enjoyed a road trip through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Hiking in the Grand Canyon was a highlight of that trip.
Another summer we would travel to Florida for a week of riding every roller coaster we could find. We hit every theme park we could find – Busch Gardens Tampa, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom – and road every roller coaster in the park multiple times.
New York at Christmas was another of our adventures. We stood in line at 5:30 in the morning two days in a row to get in to see Live with Regis and Kelly. We didn’t get in the first day and were the last two in on the second day. It was worth it though! We had a blast! Walking in Central Park, riding the Staten Island Ferry, visiting the Statue of Liberty, and taking in a Broadway show were just a few of the adventures we had on that trip. We have some fun memories of crazy things that happened – like thinking we were going to a Broadway show, only to find out it was off Broadway, a little sketchy, and not at all what we were expecting!
I had my share of adventures with Joel and Ben too. Their “thing” was revolutionary war reenacting. Since they were minors a parent had to accompany them to the weekend reenactments. Since their dad thinks roughing it is staying at a Holiday Inn instead of a Marriott, it was up to mom to be the one to dress in funny clothes and sleep in a tent for the weekend. Some events were better than others. Cowpens in January when I woke up with ice on my sleeping bag was probably not one of my favorites, although, the History Channel was there filming for a tv series, so that was cool.
I am thankful that God gave me an adventurous spirit since parenting has been the ultimate adventure. And….just when you think the adventures are starting to slow down, one of them calls and says they are moving your twin grandbabies to Wisconsin and another says they are joining the Marine Corps. Oy vey!
Let the adventures and memory making continue!!!