Tomorrow is the anniversary of a day that will stay in our collective memories as long as we live. 9/11 is seared into our minds.Please keep all the families in your prayers.
Today however in memory of September 11 I choose to focus on the blessings in my life. My family. Last summer my husband and I booked a Mediterranean Cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We would sail at the end of June 2013. This summer, my baby daughter, Becca did a study abroad program thru The University of Oklahoma in Barcelona, Spain. It was a little unnerving her getting on a plane to go abroad. She has never been out of the country with us let alone traveling alone! She prepared and in spite of nerves headed on her way. We touched base every few days and heard about many exciting things she was doing and the friends she was meeting. It was all so exciting.
The most exciting thing was the way schedules worked out. Becca’s study abroad was going to finish up on June 21. Her dad and I would arrive on June 23, in Barcelona, the day before our ship was to sail. At first Becca did not want us to spend the day with her. She felt it was our anniversary and she didn’t want to “butt in”. We assured her opportunities like this would be rare and it would be a fantastic way to start our adventure. Her dad and I decided to book a hotel room for her in the same hotel where we were spending one night. It was a good thing as two of the friends she shared a flat with had nowhere to go for a night before they met up with their parents.
The blessing of the summer was seeing how much our daughter had grown during her study abroad. She moved, in our eyes, from youngest child to young adult! We had 18 hours to spend with Becca. We enjoyed seeing many Barcelona sites with Becca as our tour guide and meeting a couple of her flatmates. We walked around the city, window shopped and enjoyed lunch. We met up with her friends for dinner and enjoyed hearing all about the time they spent together. None of the conversation mentioned studying though! To double the blessing, our dear friends, the Barnby’s joined us too, for our time in Barcelona and on the cruise.
The next morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with Becca and I cried as we put her in a cab to the airport to head back to the USA. My best friend, aka hubby, and I did a bit more walking around to see where Becca had lived while there and then headed to the port to start our wonderful anniversary celebration.
I am thankful I enjoyed a few hours with Becca and in another country at that. How amazing is that and how fun! Our children grow up so fast and I want to latch on to every opportunity I have to spend time with them. I am so thankful for time with her and that she still wants to spend time with her parents. Thank you Becca.
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