On Mother’s Day this year I wanted to reflect and recognize the special relationship that my wife and daughter have developed as they travel the world.
Four Years In, Still Going Strong
Our first trip with our daughter was to Curacao just eight weeks after our daughter was born. I was a terrible photographer then (though some would argue I am not much better now) so as a result, I am not including any photos from that trip. But since then our daughter has joined us on every trip with one exception, the 2017 Freddies in New York City. Together mother and daughter have been to more than 20 countries together (our count varies between 23-25 depending on what we can recall) to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout North America and the Caribbean and a pair of Disney properties.
Last summer the two of them spent time with my sister-in-law in Southeast Asia slow traveling while I visited every other week during the summer. The two of them are inseparable and I appreciate the time they have had together.
Both of our mothers have been able to join us on trips, be it to Florida, Curacao, Seattle, or Southeast Asia. It’s nice that to have such great traveling companions and give the two of us time for a date every now and again. I never had the good fortune of traveling with my grandparents, Lucy is so lucky to have grandmothers that are able to join us on trips around the world.
I am so thankful for all of the work my wife has put into motherhood. Carly nursed Lucy when we were both nearly catatonic with jet lag, carry her in a sling around her torso as we walked Segrada Familia or the Great Wall of China. She has been so giving to Lucy throughout her life, but when we travel it is tenfold. The challenges are higher, and her dedication to her family shines through. I couldn’t be more grateful to my wife who has ambitiously taken on the extended responsibilities that come with traveling with a child and then writing about it later to help mothers like her.
What is up next for mother and daughter? Florida perhaps and a trip to Southeast Asia is all that is on the books for now, but Carly wants to add Africa and Australia with our daughter soon, the only two continents her parents have been to that she has not yet visited. When Lucy turns nine, Carly would love to take her to Antarctica.
Do you have memories traveling with your mother or the mother of your children throughout the world? Share your experiences in the comments.