Hahaha! Two can play at this game! While Emilie has gone on vacation, I’m going to guest-blog!
First of all, I’m -insanely- jealous! I haven’t been on a vacation that doesn’t involve a conference or sick-time from surgery in….gosh….years. So, I’m vacationing vicariously through Emilie this time around, and can’t wait to hear all about her travels. She always sees the most interesting places, from historic sites, to the weird and wacky.
But I’m also really really proud of her. I think it’s great that, even with two small daughters in tow, she’s getting out and visiting friends and family. I’ve known moms that decided travelling was “too much trouble” so they didn’t, or they left the kids at Camp Grandma. And while I can certainly understand the need to have some private escape time without children, I also think that it’s good for children to travel. It’s good for them to see the world beyond their borders, and it’s good for them to be with their parents and explore interesting site and see their parents as people with friends and interests outside of THEM.
Of course, it’s always the women without children who have the strongest opinions on child-rearing, but in this case, I’m speaking from my own experience as a child who travelled. I saw things that other children didn’t see. I saw my parents in ways that other children didn’t have a chance to see their parents. And I learned that there was more to the world than my government-issued backyard.
So, Emilie, you -go- girl, and you take those two beautiful daughters of yours, too! They are going to grow into fearless global citizens.
Meanwhile, I’ll hold down the virtual fort.