I stumbled upon Judy Kugel’s blog 70-Something when she featured the trip she (74 years old) and husband Peter (83) took in June in Norway with their 40-something son Seth. Seth is the travel writer behind the very successful NYT blog The Frugal Traveler, Seeing the World on a Budget. I was moved by Judy’s account of their trip as a way to share rare but precious moments with their son. More than the account of going up North along the Norwegian fjords, what I found moving is the experience as a 70-something mother to connect with her adult son thru travelling, a passion they both share. Judy’s feature is about togetherness, a term I’ve used so often since our trip around the world last year with our children. To me, togetherness is the true meaning of having a family. And as children grow older, those shared moments are rarer. Travelling is an enriching opportunity to share one-one time with the children, far from the routine and the busy daily living.
On a side note…I don’t know if you’re like me, but my desire to have a big family is secretly driven by the selfish expectation that I will be older (read old!) one day. That’s when children & grand-children will hopefully be there for me, after I have been there for them as they grew up. I’ve often had this idea that I will be 70-something and we will have a family ritual of a big summer reunion by a lake (in my dream, it looks a bit like a beautiful Adirondack lake..) where all the little ones will run around and jump naked in the cold water, our children and their partners will gather at the lunch table and chit chat, and Ceki and I will feel a huge sense of accomplishment, pride and happiness. I know. It’s a cliche, but hey…don’t we all have this in the back of our mind?
MEET JUDY KUGEL FROM THE BLOG 70-SOMETHING