Time travel

As I gear up for the great Shanghai adventure, I feel like I’m trying to memorize Tess as she is right this second. In some ways, I can already see the woman she’ll become. She’s a dramatic communicator who can go from happy gurgles, an infant’s attempt at conversation, to shrieks of fury – within seconds. She’s curious, observant, impatient and affectionate. She’s not overly independent but is quite strong-willed. She has clear likes and dislikes, and shares them with you whether you like it or not! She also has one of the sweetest smiles in the world that quirks up one corner at a time and is gone seconds after it lights up my world. I see all of this, and at the same time feel like I can’t possibly see any part of her clearly. Will she be musical, brainy, sweet, quiet, tempestuous, athletic? Will she travel with us and enjoy the foreignness of a new place, or will she cling to the predictability of routine and home? What facets of her personality will come to light between a week from now and 11/11? Will she miss me or not even realize I’m gone?

I got a wonderful message from a friend we’ll call J, who went through a similar experience with her infant daughter. She and her husband decided the trip was important, and everyone around her thought she was crazy. My favorite line? “When I got home, my daughter looked at me like, ‘Oh, have you been gone?'” Priceless.

Colin and I picked out our sightseeing list tonight – and we’re getting geared up. Tess will someday be able to laugh at these posts, knowing full well she doesn’t remember a thing, I suppose.

One thought on “Time travel

  1. Manchmal macht man sich zuviele Gedanken. Ich denk, Ihr würdet Tess nicht ständig allein lassen wollen, weil sie Euch viel zu wichtig ist. Wenn es also manchmal ist, dann ist sie sicher gut aufgehoben und bei Menschen, denen Ihr vertraut. Dann könnt Ihr, aber auch Tess, die getrennte Zeit genießen und Ihr werdet wieder glücklich zurückkommen und Tess an diesem Glück teilhaben lassen. Abgesehen, dass Ihr immer miteinander verbunden seid und Tess auch über jede Entfernung hinweg spüren kann, dass Ihr bei ihr seid.
    Wenn Menschen das nicht verstehen oder kritisieren, ist es oft der Neid, dass sie diese Möglichkeit zu reisen nicht haben oder sich nicht trauen würden, so etwas zu tun.
    Liebe kennt keine Entfernung
    Also wünsch ich Euch eine schönes Zeit!
    Alles Liebe
    Karin

    Isn´t it great to see that she has all possibilities to become what she wants?

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