For the past 24 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom, raising two daughters and a son. Prior to my “mom life,” I was a flight attendant for Pam American World Airways. My father was a pilot for TWA, and I grew up traveling (Thanks Mom!). My husband is currently a Captain at United Air Lines. I guess you could say traveling is in my blood, and living a typical American life is not. I am currently an artist, painting murals and model railroad backdrops. Since we have a herd of 10 alpacas, I also utilize their fiber and make wet-felted scarves. I love to be active. My motto is : Who has time to watch TV? I am a horseback rider, volleyball player, gym rat. When the kids were younger, I home-schooled them for a short time, and I was able to reconnect with my kids – something I was not able to do while they were in school each day. The girls went off to have successful academic careers, but Adam learned differently. His school journey has lead us to this juncture where we are today. So with the girls launched into their lives, the universe has converged and brought about this situation that spoke to me. It is time to test all my mothering skills, and combine it with all my traveling knowledge, to take my son on a round-the-world educational trip. The time is now! I want to encourage and inspire anyone who says I’m brave, or that they want to travel SOME day. Be a “Possibility Thinker!” Make it happen! DO something from your bucket list, and don’t put it off any longer.
I’m Adam, I’m 17, and have two older sisters. When I was little, my mom homeschooled me for three years, and we had lots of fun! I enjoyed the hands-on learning. I went to school when I was in fourth grade, and school was a challenge to me. I liked being in class, but the whole homework thing held no interest. I struggled through each year.
When it came time for high school, my mom and dad thought an all-boys school would be good for me, and I liked the military branch the school offered. There was a rifle team (I am a good shot), but I am also interested in art, and the school did not offer extended art classes. The public school had lots of art classes, and would support my academics with a special program.
As the years passed, I found I liked participating in class, but the homework was just busywork to me! I finally got tired of trying to “play the school game,” as my mom calls it. When she offered to homeschool online (my own hours! No more early mornings!), and travel around the world, I got excited about being able to see places most people only read about. I want to see Greek and Roman ruins, great artworks, architecture, and battlefields. I can’t wait to see other cultures and lifestyles, and the amazing beauty the world has to offer.
One of my favorite things to do is ride my longboard (a skateboard made to go long distances, rather than do tricks.) I think it will be cool to ride my longboard in places around the world. I hope there are locals who can show me some really sweet places to board.
I’m also looking forward to using my wits for this trip. It is not all planned out, and that’s the adventure. I think this year will be a great learning experience, because I will be learning by experience!