September 24, 2009

rewinding the week, part 2


another real-life Africa picture taken by my Mom...

This African safari skidded from a gentle might be to a hearty maybe... and then it was booked. Somewhere between maybe and that elated We're going to Africa phone call, I stared to really feel the excitement and the tears often rested on the edge of a dream coming true.
It wasn't really my dream... not from the start. My own dreams have never stretched beyond the borders of my own country, except maybe to skip over to Hawaii or up to Alaska. I have been so content to live through the pages of my Mom's scrapbooks and hear her stories. And I have been comfortable seeing the world on my TV screen... and occasionally being able to shout Mom & Bob did that! when teams were racing through Australia or Europe. I have loved every minute of my parent's travels... their memories, the trinkets that adorn their house and ours, and especially that they have had the opportunity at all. In fact, that is where those tears slipped out over the edge and fell onto my heart. In one excited phone call, talking about passports, my Mom told me that she has to renew hers... and in the next wonder-filled breath said I never even thought I'd ever have a passport at all... and now I am renewing it!
To think about it makes me tear up all over again. How much I love this woman... and want the world for her. She teaches me to dream beyond my little corner of the world... and when I'm uncertain, she shares her dream with me, and little by little it is becoming mine...

7 comments:

Tina said...

We have the most amazing parents. We could never have dreamed such a wonderful life for them, and in turn, ourselves. there goes another tear! xoxox

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am feeling YOUR joy too. Now I can live through your travels also.
I can't wait to see all YOUR pictures.


Hope you are feeling better friend. I will TRY to phone you today.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

What a sweet glimpse into your lives-that is so neat!

Kelli said...

Godly parents are on of the greatest joys on earth!!! Anticipating this trip with you!!

jenn said...

*insert another excited squeal!*

this is too exciting!!

(hope you are feeling better!)

K said...

What an exciting trip! And a great photo.

Lynne said...

Dawn,
Thank you for sharing your adventure with me. I am in awe of all that you experienced. What amazing memories you will all have forever! Lynne