by Jill Robinson
There was a point that I can remember very clearly during my time in Scotland, that I thought to myself, “if I had a daughter and she was doing what I am at this very moment, I would never let her travel.” It takes a lot of trust and courage for parents to let their children, no matter what age, traipse across the world, thousands of miles from home. Knowing that you can’t come to the rescue when your child is lost in a foreign country with $15 to their name is enough to give me anxiety, and I don’t even have kids. I am so lucky to have a Mom who has shown unwavering support in all my crazy travel plans, even when I had no job or place to stay prior to arrival. I know she was less than thrilled at times when I would proudly proclaim my next destination, but her ability to let me take my adventures without question has made me a stronger person.
With Mother’s Day coming up May 9, Greenheart Travel wants to thank our mom’s for their inspiration, support and patience in our journeys around the world and their influence in our daily lives.
“I always appreciated how calm and supportive my mom was about my travels. I think parents often worry too much or stress out when their kids want to travel abroad. That worry and stress can stop their kid from traveling or carry over into their experience. I hope I can be calm and supportive when Nina (my daughter) starts traveling….or maybe she won’t be a big traveler, which is fine with me too!” -Jessica Burns, Greenheart Travel Student Services Director
“Mom and Grandma always inspired me to live life to the fullest. So when they decided to plan a family trip to the East Coast and forgo the original plans of beaching it up for a week… I admit… I groaned. Not because I didn’t want to see Monticello and go to some Smithsonian hot spots, but because the vision of blue waves and white sand sparkled in my mind for months. Visiting our family, staying in their homes, sharing meals and hearing their stories was entertaining, heartwarming and so much more valuable than idle days at the ocean. My Grandma’s best friend Virginia told me some old juicy stories, and mom’s cousins treated us to a dinner overflowing with hospitable sweets and meats. We felt like royalty the entire trip and bonded immensely.
Lesson learned: Homestays are the best stays, travel to those you love and be grateful along the way. And thanks for letting me dress you up [mom and grandma]!” –Andrea Dennis, Greenheart Coordinator
“How do I put into words how influential my Mama is…I call her each day and at 89 yrs old I hear the sound of a happy, positive voice on the other end of the phone. With the limitations of severe emphysema and a 40 foot oxygen hose she still maintains an incredible zest for life. Her passions are cooking, gardening and scratch off lottery tickets. Our everyday phone conversations include details of what she cooked and how she cooked it, including spices and secret tips. I can just see her hands move embracing the food as she prepares it.
After our food talk we move on to the latest miracle in her garden. We wonder together how all the tulips know that it is time to burst through the soil. We wonder how all the daffodils know that they are to be yellow but the Zinnias come back a different color each year. She works outside raking and digging, saying that it is good exercise. My last visit home she declared herself a farmer.
Last but not least, I ask her if she hit the lottery. “No, but I am getting closer,” is her usual remark.
We end our conversation every day with her me telling me, “have fun.!”
My heart is full with the influences of my Mama, and I hope I can be as good a farmer someday.” – Claudia Curran, Special Projects and Personnel Director