10:32 AM

Allison and I leave in just a little more than two weeks for our trip. We've been counting down the days and although the stress of planning an overseas trip alone is a bit overwhelming, I'm so excited. 

Growing up, my parents would pack up all us kids into the minivan and go on road trips around the country that would last for weeks. As a child, you get impatient and tired of being in the car for that long and being dragged to different monuments and state parks and old battle sites. But as we grew older, we began to love the time we had on those trips. We no longer counted the minutes that seemed to drag on as we sat in a car that was filled with the stench of five people who hadn't showered for multiple days. We started to focus on the music that we all knew every word to and the traditional pictures we would take at each rest stop. These trips really molded us into the adults we've become. My sister and I love to travel and we now have a love for history. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to pass on that love to my daughter.

In the movie Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey's character (Cooper) tells his daughter, "Once you're a parent, you're the ghost of your children's future." I have always loved that quote. My parents left imprints on me and my sisters and I will leave imprints on my daughter. When I go on trips with my daughter, I use the knowledge I gained on those road trips growing up and in doing so, my parents are there with me. I only hope to leave the sense of adventure and travel in my daughter. Watching her now, I don't doubt I will.

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  1. I never understood that quote until I read your interpretation of it. Now I really like it! I can't wait to see the pictures you take of Allie in Paris and London. And I can't believe I won't be in my favorite city for her first exposure to it!

  2. Loved this Sharaya! We were so blessed to have you three on those trips, the way you learned to love them and look forward to them every time. If you had hated them or thrown fits we probably wouldn't have gone so often. We all played a part in making them so fun!