Mom’s 86 years of Travel and Life Perspectives
It has been said you have ‘wings on your heels’, what has travel brought to your life & why do you love it so much?
This upcoming trip with Fathom to the Dominican Republic means so much to me. We are going as a family over Thanksgiving to work together and help others – and play together too. It is a win-win-win opportunity that I know we’ll remember forever.
Given you’ve just celebrated your 86th birthday, would you mind sharing what this upcoming trip means to you?
I’ve always joked that I have wings on my heels. Well, I love traveling! I must thank my dad for encouraging us (your dad and me) to start traveling when we were young. He would say – “keep your bills paid and have fun”.
We were also lucky enough to travel with the international Y’s Men’s Club (YMCA). We started going to conventions the year your father was president of the Appleton (Wisconsin) club. We had such a wonderful time, we continued going to the international conventions. It gave us an opportunity to meet people from all around the world and experience home-stays to really learn about the local culture and life. We learned about their lives, families, culture. We also exchanged experiences and opened our home to international guests. You kids got the ‘bug’ from these visits and then international trips as you were old enough. I love it so much because of the people we meet.
You’ve just finished your last radiation treatment, has that experience influenced your perspective on how and where you spend your time?
I have just finished my last radiation treatment (what I call a bump in the road) and realize life, family and friends are very precious. I want to make every experience count. I ask myself…
What can I do to make life better for someone else?
I’ve volunteered at home and abroad. You can contribute through volunteering, financial support or both. We all have something to give… I encourage everyone to take a volunteer trip. You will never regret it.