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When I was a child, the extent of my travels encompassed whatever happened to lie on the interstate between southern California and southeastern Minnesota. Ever stood at the feet of the Jolly Green Giant? I have.
Rarely did we go anywhere else, so important was my dad’s yearly pilgrimage to the Midwest, his birthplace. He still makes that journey each summer, alone, at age 71.
I certainly enjoyed time playing with my cousins, visiting with the Great Aunt Cass, chatting about recipes with my Aunt Peggy or Aunt Sandy, and playing cards or baking with my Gramma John. I learned a ton about road tripping with kids from my mom who tried to bring as much comfort as she could to my dad’s 36-hour marathon drive across country.
At the same time, I wanted to get out, to travel, to see a little bit more of the world besides the same endless miles of cornfields. Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, I wanted to see a little bit more than what, for our family, was commonplace.
Early on I got the wild idea to visit France. I was five years old. I kept to that dream even when my dad insisted I take Spanish in high school instead of French. Oh darn. Spanish was full by the time I got to the registration table, Dad.
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