My mom and I are in the midst of planning our summer vacation in 2014. We seem to go on a bigger vacation every other year. My mother is 83 years old and still loves to travel. We’re thinking of doing something rather adventurous and taking a trip to Europe – France, Germany and Austria in particular. I created a European Vacation interest board for this possible adventure to have fun with it.
My mom wants to go to Paris so that we can take a day trip to Versailles and Monet’s gardens in Giverny. A few years ago, my mom went on a tour with the Art Institute to Paris and loved it, but she missed seeing Monet’s gardens, and would really like to do that before the end of her days. In a way, my mom wants to revisit the past to catch up on something she missed the first time around.
I want to go to Germany to show my sons the place where I worked on a seven month assignment for IBM about 25 years ago. It’s amazing to me how much the Gastof Hassen hotel where we have a tentative reservation looks the same. If I’m remembering correctly, they used to have a giant rabbit on the roof or as a statue. Hassen is rabbit in German. I want to revisit the past to share a part of my life with my boys, and create new adventures with them.
I hope we choose to take this trip so that my mom and I can see the family that I stayed with in Germany while we’re there. The Gerstners came to my wedding in Florida many years ago, and to my mom’s 80th birthday party in San Antonio four years ago. It’s a blessing to be connected with such fine people. Often, we’re told to live in the now and the present for very good reasons. But sometimes it’s a very good thing to revisit the past, especially special people that we’ve loved and cherished.
Meditation for this week:
Are there any ways in which you could revisit the past and create an enchanting adventure for yourself this year?