March 12, 2010

World traveler

he sees the world

Tracy Morgan (love him, he cracks me up) was on Bonnie Hunt yesterday (I always want to call her Helen Hunt) and he was talking about kids

and how he wants his kids

to see the world before they become parents.


Carter & Noah at the park


And that is a nice hope for them, but I had to think about my own travels... I've seen Paris twice, but not many other places-- (I just turned down a trip to NYC --and I've never been to NYC-- next week because I don't want to upset my nursing relationship with Ivy, and it wouldn't be appropriate to bring her.)


(Can you see where this is going?)



park picnic

Yet.

Every day
I get to see the world,

and am taught more about it,

through the eyes of my children.



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37 comments:

  1. Oh yes.

    There's a Sara Groves song about how she's seen so much of the world, but has never seen anything as beautiful as "you" (her then baby)
    It sounds so simple, but it's so true.
    And I LOVE it.

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  2. I, too, heart this...for a couple of reasons-- I don't have kids, but I do know how much seeing the world I want to see more of it. I've traveled more that most Americans, but I feel like I've only breeched the tip of the metaphorical ice-berg. I think you’ve touched on that ever-indescribable paradox of what an experience means to someone. I would not have been ready to be a parent had I not traveled. I thought I was—I used to want kids really badly. Once I started traveling I realized that I needed to grow first, and now all I want to do is travel. (That makes more sense in my head).

    My point is: seeing the world, in this case, I think is more symbolic than literal. You need to be ready; to feel fulfilled; to be ready to commit to your kids the way you did by turning down your trip to NYC because of nursing Ivy. You have to be ready to turn down an opportunity to travel, or do whatever it is you like to do, in the name of parenting. Someday I know I will be able to do that. For now, I need to see the world.

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  3. Julie, your comment has me in tears. Yes. :)

    Steph

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  4. That was so beautiful and I love Julie's wisdom. I'm guessing if/when she does have children, she'll be wise in that, too.

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  5. And when everything lines up just right and you can see the world with your kiddos... that is the best thing. I've never had more fun traveling than with my children. We haven't been far (just around the US) but the delight they take in discovery is contagious.

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  6. So true... and you know what, I have gotten to travel a little bit since having kids because of my husbands job, and the whole time I'm nervous because I'm so far away and can not wait to return home to where they are.

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  7. Oh man, THANKS A LOT, Julie. No one can ever top that comment.

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  8. This is the most beautiful sentiment. :-)

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  9. Love this post! So true. Although I'm sure we would love to see you here in NYC one day.

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  10. So true!! Ahhh, Paris!! Maybe someday... :)

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  11. I must say, I've only been a few places out of the US and I have traveled alot of the US, there isn't any part of it that is more beautiful than, watching my kids right out my front door! The discovery, the beauty, it's breath-taking! Their new look on the world in front of them and with each phase, the view changes!
    Beautiful post!

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  12. SERIOUSLY JULIE!! do you think you could have waited till the end to post that so the rest of our lame comments didn't look so lame? gooosssshhhh..

    I love this post. I love that you see so much through them. I think of this a lot. I am going through a point where I wonder everyday if I was really ready to have children yet. Should I have waited? Should I have done more?
    Then he does something new he's never done before and I realize it's just like looking at the Grand Canyon for the first time.
    The wonderment and awe of seeing my child learn something new is better than any site around the world. My jaw drops, my eyes get big and my heart races. I wouldnt trade that for all the travels of the world.

    Well said.

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  13. I turned down a trip today too for the same reason. I keep reminding myself that there is a time and place for everything.

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  14. I love that you didn't go because your nursing with Ivy was more important. I can only hope to be just like you with my next baby. My first I didn't nurse nearly as long as I would've liked, and I regret it every single day. It was all because he nursed a ton, and now I realize, I wish I could go back and nurse him until he decided he was done. My biggest regret, actually....
    And seeing the world through their eyes, it's really the only way to see it once you're a parent. At least, for me :) I feel like I say this every time I comment, but thank you for such a beautiful post. You are by far my favorite blogger out there. You were the first blog that was entered into my Reader.

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  15. I know this is completely off topic of your post but I was wondering. Are you going to or will you do a post in response to the recent news story about baby slings being unsafe? Will you let people know that they are only talking about the bag slings and show or explain the proper way to wear an infant in a sling. I would do it on my blog but I only have 13 readers. You have so many more. People need to know what kind of sling they're talking about instead of reading just a headline and then judging mothers they see with their child in a sling now.

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  16. Not only all of what you said - but there's also nothing better than seeing the world through their eyes. Forget about far away places ;)

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  18. In response to babywearing safety in the news:

    I'll try to post tomorrow! Until then I wrote at Real Moms Guide-
    Babywearing safety alert: CPSC to issue warning about certain baby carriers causing deaths

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  19. I really respect you for how you always put your family first. It is quite awesome. I also agree that you can see the world through the eyes of a child!

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  20. I was an avid traveler before having kids. I have a travel bug; I get antsy if I'm in one place for too long. So now, I travel where I can - no matter if it's just a few hours away by car -- to see new places. And seeing those places in the eyes of a toddler always make it interesting, as you said.
    But I also can relate to how differently I see the little corner of the world in which I live through my little one's eyes. It's beautiful and awing and sometimes frustrating and usually inspiring.
    Plus, Rome (or NY for you) will always be there, but my kids won't always be this little and need mommy this much. I want to be here and be present for them now.

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  21. This makes me happy (or even happier!) to be a mother.

    But I still wanna go to Paris someday... ;-)

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  22. I always love reading your perspective on things - beautiful. I've never been much into traveling, but like someone else said, there's a time and a place for everything(so maybe in the future?). The small travels I've taken with my children and husband have been challenging and sometimes downright miserable, but all of that falls away when those times become memories. There's a lesson in everything, I'm told. And getting away from your little corner of the world opens you up to all sorts of new experiences.

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  23. I have not ever really traveled so I thoroughly enjoyed you perspective on traveling and being a mother.

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  24. My husband and I are big travelers...we have to be with family on two sides of the Atlantic. Our daughter was born in Novemeber and this is the longest I have gone without a flight out of town in about 15 years. But you are right...I don't mind!

    You are always so insightful! I love it!

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  25. Love this. Love.
    And then Julie's comment nearly knocked me off my chair. More love.

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  26. Love this. Love.
    And then Julie's comment nearly knocked me off my chair. More love.

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