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Sunday, May 9, 2010

We've been there!



There is got to be something fishy about people who end up this far west of the Mississippi. Yesterday, while shopping in Coos at 3B's Nursery across the Coos River, we met Steven Michael, a young man with a penchant for talking and native plants.  He helped us choose woodland plants for an area frequented by deer.

He impressed me with his knowledge and helpfulness, and his interest in all things. He is a photographer and a traveler.

Fishy Ah?  A traveler who ends up by the westernmost point and has been everywhere. I wish I could say the same. Once, we wanted to travel all the time.

Now, we have too many requirements. We have become travel Divas.

Still, when we watch a movie like Iron Man (yesterday, at Coos, in a crowded theater where we had to take seats not to our liking) we recognized many of the sights. Yes, Malibu! There, New York!

Our bucket list of travel sights is enormous. We need to get going and not be derailed by bathroom remodeling or health issues.  Do you know that we haven't been to all of Europe, or all of South America, or none of Africa or the Middle East and Far East?

We are so inexperienced!
Moreover,  we're not very easy travelers when language or food can become big barriers.

So, meeting Steven was a joy. A young man who travels everywhere is living well, we thought. Good for him.

Do visit his blog by clicking this link: Oregon like no other

And take your Mother out of her kitchen and living room. Help her see the world. Remember, you were a detour in her life, a wonderful detour, but a very long one too. She probably never told you where she wanted to visit when she was your age.

Travel with her, and your lives will be forever linked.

34 comments:

jinksy said...

I've always got a couple of spare beds here, if you make it to Havant! :)

k said...

happy mother's day rosaria! i've had short trips with my mother and i was glad i did. :)

kikit said...

hey, k means kikit :)

Fire Byrd said...

uuhhh! It's not a question of taking the mother out here, more of keeping the mother in! My sons have had to learn that at a moments notice I'll go wherever I can, hence my itinery for later this week. And most years I go travelling in the UK, Europe and the States at some point.

Tabor said...

I also have guest bedrooms to fill. I loved your last paragraph. Delightful and so true except I am much like Fire Byrd and have traveled much.

Monkey Man said...

Happy Mother's Day Rosaria.

becky at abbeystyle said...

I took my mother to Scotland when she was 80...she seemed so eager to go. The trip was peppered with panic attacks and she spent most of the time in our hotel room while I went out on my own. We don't talk about our trip--it's as if it never happened. Nevertheless, we are the friends we always were, none the worse for wear.

Lyn said...

I agree Rosaria. I travelled with my parents on many occasions and the hours and number of times we relived those memories and the joy and pain that went along with those trips are too many to count.

Experiencing new places and cultures together bonded us in special ways and now that my mom has passed ... I cling to those memories as precious treasures.


My youngist daughter and I are taking a volunteer trip to Kenya in 7 weeks and I already know it will produce lasting, lifetime memories. Happy Mama's Day Rosaria!

Eva Gallant said...

Happy Mother's Day, Rosaria!

Brian Miller said...

happy mothers day! if you make it to the right coast let me know, we got an apartment in the basement. smiles.

decomondo said...

The touching message of your post stings my heart; my mom is always so far from me...

Terra said...

I love this idea of taking your mom out and about. My dh and I have traveled a lot but there is so much to see in this gigantic earth we call home. Will you travel soon?

Ocean Girl said...

I watched Iron Man too on Saturday. Travel educates and it shouldn't end.

Happy Mother's Day Rosaria.

Natalie said...

And also a Happy Mother's Day to you, Rosaria. :)xx

Lori ann said...

Happy Mother's Day Rosaria, how wonderful bucket list are, i hope you get busy with yours.
I did take my mother to Paris(and Mother in law and youngest daughter too!) it was indeed a trip of a lifetime (lots of giggling and good food).

Snowbrush said...

Thanks for the blog tip. I'll check it out as I like native plants too.

sheri... said...

oh, finding your post this morning was a real treasure! i spent many summers with my grandparents, living in their tiny camper, parked at harbor. it was the most magical place in the whole world and i got a glimpse of that again when i stopped by your site. thank you so much!!

Reya Mellicker said...

I am crap at traveling. I've been around the world - once - and am content now not to jet off here and there.

I will live vicariously through your travels, OK? Thanks!

RNSANE said...

Alas, no more travels with my mother and, even when I do see her, she doesn't know who I am. I won't forget, though, that we traveled to Austria and Germany when I was only three, staying until I was six...she was a young military wife. Perhaps that is when I developed my wanderlust.

Helen said...

Can't wait to dive into Steven's blog....I dream of traveling to Greece before I'm unable to navigate!

decomondo said...

Dear lakeviewer,
I have read your comment with great pleasure and emotion.
I know that you know; I know that you have known the high price one pays when ripping the roots from the land of origin. I feel your wisdom radiating from your words that, in the same time, encourage me and make me fear: I seem to comprehend that this price grows ever stronger with time, rather than lapse.

None of us probably have thought of what meaning, weight and consequences getting on that train or ship will lead to. The consequences of that crazy and brave act have marked our lives forever; we have been swallowed by the unknown world.

I was no longer young when I made a decision to leave my country. I was 28; on that train, in a single night, I lost them all. I did not know yet, but that train would never reported me in Yugoslavia again. My country was lost too.
The civil war started just two months later.

It was a kind of monition that my trip, since then, would last forever.
I’m still traveling, even without moving; I’m still collecting small pieces of my past, snapping them into present, as in a mosaic ever made to the end. My mother’s face, even if far away, is always in my eyes, everywhere I look.
She too, as you do, knows.

Your understanding honors me.
You're a special person.

Velva said...

Travel is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, or the opportunity to others. I have made a commitment long ago to myself that I will tarvel whenever possible, and I will expose my children to as many travel opportunities that I can provide.

Travel opens our minds, increases our knowledge and teaches tolerance.

As always, great post.

It's time for you to plan a trip!

willow said...

Yep, those who made it all the way out there, across the Mississippi and the wide Missouri, have a certain moxey.

Reasons said...

I'd love to hear about where you have been. I too love travel, it's what we do well as a couple. My mum loves that we lived in Canada and she came so often to visit and it does link us, as does our UK travels of which she has always been a part.

an award for you at my place today.

Hilary said...

You've certainly traveled far more than the average person.. it sounds like you've been to some very interesting places.

karen said...

Travelling is a dream for me, also so many places not visited!! Looking very much forward to my own mother visiting me next week, too :)

Phoenix said...

The very first person I traveled with was my mother...she and I have gone to Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, Mexico...

We love traveling together. It is such a joy.

I look forward to traveling with her again one day.

roughterrain crane said...

Traveling give many precious things to our lives.
I think you had a happy mother's day!

kj said...

ah rosaria, i say 'go'! you know that book 1000 things to do before you die'? it will give you a fine outline of where to steer the car, buy the ticket, try the food.

why not afterall? the whole wide world is waiting for you.....

love
kj

Sniffles and Smiles said...

We took Mom to Europe with us...it was a grand tour! I'll never forget it! One of the happiest memories of my life! Super post! ~Janine XO

the walking man said...

I must be ...well something...because I haven't seen all of North America yet and really don't have the wish to go further now than 8 mile road.

Jo said...

Isn't it fun when you watch a movie, and recognize places you have visited? I recently watched a movie on American Movie Channel called "Magic" with Ann-Margret and Anthony Hopkins. They filmed a scene in the St. Moritz Hotel in New York City, and from the room and the views from the window, I realized it was the very room my daughter and I had stayed in when we visited New York. It was a surreal experience.

Have you ever been to Vancouver? I think you would love it. :-)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You describe so well the joys of travel. Meeting strangers that turn into friends. Now, where's my passport??

Robyn said...

My beautiful Mother was not a Mother to travel with, but I loved her anyway.

Lovely post

x Robyn