With only eight days until I leave home to go around the world, I feel excited and panicked. So many little things that must be done come to mind. One delightful unexpected thing is a round of Bon Voyage gatherings. My friends, JoAnn, Matt, Gayle and Jim, took me out for a Bon Voyage dinner. Mary Anne made me this beautiful card, and my Mah Jongg buddies wrote wishes and signed it. Monday, my yoga class ended with a toast to my trip and the New Year with mimosas and next Monday, my book club is going to meet a week early so I can attend. What unexpected fun!
My nephew, Drew, who has moved in to watch my house, made me realize something also unexpected. The things that I take with me will be special in a way; they will have been around the world. He is currently deciding what of his belongings he wants me to take for him. This made me think more carefully about what I take. I decided for one thing, I want to take photos of people I love, take you with me in a way.
While the bags are unpacked and the credit card companies won’t allow me to say more than ten countries I will visit, I am taking photos on the iPad to take with me. I know what is important, the people I both leave behind and take with me, on my iPad and in my heart.