A Mother’s Role & My Spectacular Wife
When my wife, son and I left on our around the world trip in April, 2007 I wasn’t quite sure of the roll my wife would play. I was the one planning every little detail of the trip, which made sense considering it was my vision and dream. She sat on the sidelines in support for the 9 months I planned before our departure.
Living on the road isn’t easy and before long I realized that the planning was only a small part of what was needed everyday. The logistics of living on the road with a six year old can be quite overwhelming. Or I should say they can be overwhelming for me, because Jasmine turned out to be a pro.
After our long days of sightseeing, I would spend long nights researching, planning and blogging about our trip. It was exhausting for me, but that was just half of the battle. My wife would do our laundry, take care of my son’s lessons and do whatever else was needed. No matter how tired she was, things got done.
Not that I had any doubt, but I quickly realized how essential Jasmine was to the trip. She kept everything working properly. She kept both my son and me in line when we were too tired or unreasonable. She dealt with hotels & service providers when I didn’t have time and energy to do it. She was nothing short of amazing.
I remember one time when we were getting on a bus in the middle of a random city in China. There were three seats available. Two seats were together near the back and one was in the front of the bus in a seat where someone had vomited nearby on the floor. Knowing that I was exhausted and otherwise overwhelmed, she agreed to take the unwanted seat. How blessed am I?
Since our huge year and a half long trip in 2007 & 2008, we have traveled quite a lot more. From smaller road trips around the U.S. to our three month backpacking adventure in Europe, she continued to play her part. Her presence, energy and love drove us out of bed in the morning and made every experience better.
My assertions here aren’t simply made to impress my wife on Mother’s day. They are fact. My son and I have traveled alone a few times over the past couple of years. While the trips have still been wonderful, they just weren’t the same. We didn’t have Jasmine to help with logistics and she wasn’t there to share in the memories. Her smile and loony sense of humor wasn’t there to brighten the stressful moments.
In the realm of family travel, the mother is the glue that keeps everything going. We have been able to spend three of the past seven years on the road because of her. Sure I planned where we were going (with her input) and chose how we would get there, but she provided the magic sauce that was the most essential part of it all.
As we begin our new journey in life with our baby Elizabeth, I can’t help but wonder what amazing travels our now family of four has in store. No matter where we go or what we do, I know that having Jasmine by my side makes me the luckiest husband in the world.
Happy Mother’s Day to Jasmine and all of the other amazing mothers out there!