I remember coming across this quote when you were babies. As soon as I saw it, I had an inkling how very true those words would be. Aside from motherhood being this one long and continuous adventure — the kind that is rewarding in the best ways — I realise that the best adventures I have had with you are the simple adventures that we have made together.
When I was a kid, I remember the happiest days of my childhood were when we went for a day out or on a little road trip somewhere. Your Gung Gung (your maternal grandfather) would pack us all into the car and drive to places, like Stonehenge or Bath. Anywhere that was within a commutable two hour journey from our home in Middlesex. We would also go somewhere a little closer to home to places, like Windsor Castle and take a tour inside the castle grounds. I realise now that we weren’t the typical British family in how we spent our weekends. Our outings were more like a guided tour of England and checking off ‘must-see’ places as you’d might find in a Lonely Planet Guide of Britain. I remember watching the Changing of the Guards at Whitehall and going to the British Museum in London.
Your Gung Gung would say that I was lucky to get to see so many places when we were young, both home and abroad. He was right. Some of my favourite childhood memories come from going on these trips. The excitement of simply being on a journey, not knowing what to expect and seeing different places or experience another cultural way of life. It made for some exciting adventures — I’d say more than the sight themselves.
We also had days where the pace was a little gentler. Sunday mornings spent at car boot sales or going camping. I remember we went to a Pick Your Own Fruit and Vegetable farm once. Coming away with red-stained fingers from berry juices and bellies secretly filled with some of the fruits that didn’t quite land into the tubs where we were meant to be putting our pickings. Even these small and simple pleasures stuck firmly in my memory as some of the best childhood adventures I had growing up.