Addison is now a bonafide traveler-in-waiting. Her passport arrived this week so obviously her not-so-perfect photo we had done on Canada Day was just fine. For the next few months, she will only be able to use it on brief jaunts over the border to the US…mostly to accompany Mommy on a few power shopping trips. But at a year post-transplant, doctors will hopefully give her the green light to globe trek. I am already daydreaming about our first big trip with Addison – we may resurrect our canceled trip to Italy, or perhaps a tropical getaway to a white sand beach down south.
We have always tried to live life to the fullest, hence our pre-Addison goal to satisfy our wanderlust as much as possible. Now, with all that has happened, that sentiment means even more. We definitely want to show our daughter as many different experiences as we can. We don’t want to wait because the reality is none of us really know just how long we have. There are so many places I want to take her, but at the top of the list is Africa. Aaron and I have been fortunate enough to go there twice – visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa – and we absolutely loved all of it. Lions and toddlers don’t really mix so we will probably wait until Addison is a bit older, around 10 years old. I can’t wait to see her meet an elephant in the wild for the very first time!
So to all of you who have a bucket list, what are you waiting for?? Life is unbelievably short, even when it’s not.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison