“Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots & wings.”- Hodding Carter
I recently came across this marvelous quote. It helps me answering the question why we take our children along on our global travels.
Some families have fears of doing the same thing we are doing. Others just disagree where they think young children should not be exposed to long haul travels, extremely different cultures and the dangers of strange diseases.
The world inspires: it makes us happy and makes us cry. The worlds truth can bring us to tears where hope makes us smile.
I want our children to know the truth and understand people’s hope for a better life. We want them to keep their hopes and needs in perspective. That’s one of the reasons why we love to have our children encounter different cultures and different people early in life.
The world is larger than our own backyard. I agree that ‘Everywhere is Illuminated’ (even in our own home town we sometimes forget to see the beauty of things) but I also know there is so much more.
When we have accepted our own world, we step up and suddenly discover a different person. A person with the anxiety to spread its wings and learn. We need wings. With these wings we start to collect stories from around the world that will enrich us, even enlighten us. The world is turning, but if you stay at one place you never experience its velocity.
How could you not want to live a travel life full of stories of Thai hospitality, Japanese courtesy, Indian extremities, European history or American grandness?
That is exactly the gift we want to give our children: wings.
Our childrens roots grow here in the Netherlands. We believe our country is one of freedom and honesty. We have decided not to go on long-term (rtw) travels with our children. Instead we pick a new destination two or three times a year.
Roots are strong but we need our wings to make them even stronger. By traveling our children will be taught about the variety in our world (good and bad).
I am sure they will appreciate their roots as much as their wings.