I have vowed to give my kids a global life. We will board planes, trains, and boats to find ourselves small, no longer at the world’s epicenter.
We will climb volcanoes, peer over canyons, and kayak rivers, sit entranced in high-ceilinged cathedrals, stand in the Parthenon’s shadow, and swim in the Dead Sea to understand the world’s diverse beauty and our place in it.
Living overseas in college gave me perspective—how my thinking paled in comparison to history’s great minds. I walked alone through the British countryside one gray day and marveled at the beauty of the green Cotswold hills.
I lost myself in a foreign land and felt perfectly at home. A family of hikers passed and smiled. The kids’ tiny Brit accents made me smile. I wasn’t alone. We said little, but we shared the winding path of a day.
This is the global I want to give my kids in big and small ways. When we experience the world beyond our self-made village, we learn to love it well.
This post is Day 24 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2016.