Before my siblings and I were born, my mom had an adventurous life trekking around the world with her best friend. She hitchhiked all over Africa, climbed Kilimanjaro, worked as a bartender in South Africa, and eventually worked in Saudi Arabia as a nurse where she met my father.
Mom gave this all up when she became a mother of three, but she instilled in her kids a desire to explore and travel. I’ve had the chance to travel a fair amount and I was hoping to finally do some of that with her.
To celebrate my mom turning 60, I told her we would travel together. We decided on a trip to Peru that included a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu last September. It was an incredible experience and she was grateful her 24-year old son wanted to spend his precious vacation time with her in South America. It was a fairly strenuous hike, but she faired a lot better than several people 35 years her junior.
Recently my mom has been experiencing some health issues that call into question the extent to which she can ever be her fearless and adventure-seeking self again. Future trips might have to be on the more subdued side.
I’m frustrated and upset at the card my mom has been dealt but I’m also feeling so grateful that I was able to go on an adventure with my mom.
We take for granted that our parents will be there forever, but if there’s something you’ve been putting off that you’ve thought about doing with them, do it. It will make their year.
Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing in Applause - The musical version of All About Eve.
It gets better: This scene is all about going to a gay bar and being adored by her gays fans.
Legitimately my favorite version of “Anything Goes” is from Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom.