I still like the movie The Bucket List. I like most films with Morgan Freeman. The character he played had not traveled much. When he and Jack Nicholson’s character were both given cancer death notices together they went around the world. While yes, I would love to drive everywhere with Steve, the kids…the kids are more crucial than the location key. Today, watching Lemon with my mom was just an excellent reminder of what I have enjoyed the most in life. My family. OK, wait, my family and Barbara’s obsessions. It was her obsession with Geneaology that enabled me to meet my great aunt in Oklahoma, to see where my dad’s mom grew up, to see Albuquerque, NM for the first time. If only I had been on board with Barbara’s Spanish obsession. I was late to that obsession, hence why I cannot drag her to Argentina (Clark, they have incredible steak and ice cream, can we not just make her get on a plane?).
Today, Paco had a baseball game, and just being there, watching him play, was an honor. His obsession (a la Barbara style) made him one of the most coherent players in the league. He watched the ball with every opportunity, hit the ball at every opportunity. Per Steve, he smiled the entire game. It taught me that on my Bucket List is not going to a place Paco has been before (I know he will drag Lemon to BA or Venice whenever he can). No, it is to simply spend time showing them simple joys. I found this book, Frommer’s 100 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. The first listed (after the Grand Canyon) was the giant Redwoods. That would be a good trip to put on the list.
I have to admit my current travel fantasy is to fly into Amsterdam and drive up to southern Denmark. There is something about surprising Paco with the joys of Lego HQ. Those boys fight about legos every day. It is his obsession. When he is older, I think Cooperstown (baseball Hall of Fame) will do. (I know Brandon will take Beckett, so I have faith Bdub will take care of this)