Mother’s Day Part Deux
It occurred to me, with all of the articles written about Mother’s Day recently, that I too, have a Mother. I should have snapped to this fact sooner. Both my daughter’s wrote lovely pieces in their blogs about their mother, the fetching Mrs. Traveler and what a positive impact she had in their lives. (Oddly enough, she was also their parole officer). And my wife, (again, the fetching Mrs. Traveler), wrote a lovely piece about her Mom. And so her mom probably felt compelled to write a Mother’s Day message too, and so on and so on. I would image that all the way up the female lineage on her side of the family, there are angels writing nice things about their even more angelic mothers.
So this brings me back to my mother. She is senior citizen now, of course, and at last count was about 420 years old in Hamster years. And she is quite tiny. But to be clear, she’s not as tiny as a hamster. I don’t even know why I referred to her age in hamster years. I guess so I had an excuse to use my new natural gas/hybrid electric hand held calculator. (It was purchased with Obama stimulus money for only $50,000.) She is a bit frail now, since she has broken nearly every bone in her upper body at one time or another. We are trying to get her to retire from the Rodeo Clown circuit. She has always been a tough, energetic lady. I remember her famously saying: “When I work, everyone works!” Or “while you are resting you can…… (reader fill in the blank with a tedious, monotonous, or boring task)
Mom has kept up with modern technology. She has a new printer and was excited to test it out. So she told me she printed every single page of my Intrepid Traveler blog. The printed version was like a magazine of incredible travel and life stories. I wanted to see it to get a visual idea of my writing production. She said she only saved the good stories, and handed me a half page of print. Wow. Burned by mommy.
It turns out that I don’t come by my savvy ability to travel the world by accident. I must have inherited it. My Dad spent several years in the Navy before and during the Korean conflict. He was gone for weeks, maybe months at a time, serving our nation. (Dad must have served our nation too much because we all struggle with our weight now). I remember seeing intriguing old black and white photos of him framed on the wall of his study. One was where he was standing next to a dogsled in Greenland. I think they were just about to hitch him up. I hope he was wearing comfortable shoes and the load was not too heavy. Another photo was of him with a huge iceberg in the background. In his hands were an ice-pick and a martini shaker. He always dreamed big.
After my Dad retired, he and my Mom began to see the world together. They went to Europe, South America, Asia, and many third world nations, like Detroit. I am sure if there had been such a thing as travel blogs, we would have read about some of their exploits. Or at least seen the police reports. Some of their trips were quite long. I remember one time they were gone for more than 80 days. We began to worry since so much time passed without hearing from them. But, not to worry, we found them at home, in the closet. They were a little dehydrated, but fortunately they still had their boarding passes.
When my oldest child was due to be born, Mom and Dad were on a trip in Australia. We sent them word that the delivery was going to be any day now. They dashed back to the U.S. as quickly as they could. I really wanted my wife to wait for them to get home before giving birth, so I duct taped her legs together for the last 72 hours. The technique worked and now there is one more thing that duct tape can be used for.
So, there you have it, Gentle Readers. You can see that my travel genes did not fall far from the gene pool tree. So you can rest quietly with the knowledge that my traveling is an inherited trait. And while you are resting, go back and re-read all my other travel stories. I can’t think of a more tedious, monotonous, or boring task.