Oct 13, 2017 imaginary worlds of the past
Before this trip the emphasis when traveling – for me – was loosely based around the shopping! To buy local goods, clothing, souvenirs, etc…
We are traveling with 4 suitcases and one carry on bag for school supplies. Our bags are packed perfectly to fit our needs, not our wants. There isn’t a lot of room for extra items. So my traveling has been different from what it used to be. There are places where we run out of things to do in a single day because there aren’t museums, theatres, or other experiences. When all we can explore is an old city with a lot of shops we realize we have to get pretty creative on what we are going to do in that place.
I’ve discovered the test of a city is what it can offer you when you can’t buy or shop for material things.
Greece has passed my test. There is plenty to see and do in and outside of Athens. We have been to Athens before along with some of the other Greek Isles. The last few times we came without kids. We just roamed and enjoyed because we could. We can walk for hours without getting grumpy or needing a nap . . . well I’ll be honest . . . I could nap everyday. So we didn’t pay attention to the details of the city. For example the sidewalks. I guarantee I didn’t even notice them last time. However, when you’re pushing a stroller up and down and through tight spaces a city can suddenly feel very different.
There is a world of belief that we were unfamiliar with here in Greece; legends of the Greek Gods which heavily influence everything here. Stories that aren’t a part of our culture that we get to learn about and appreciate. There is this magical world that exists in all cultures through their lore and legends. After learning about Zeus and his lightening bolts Beckett asked, “Is it for real?” There is so much beauty in imagination, and a part of me feels sad that my boys are reaching an age where when they hear a story they question its reality. I believe that when a child has a question, they are ready for the answer. Therefore, even though I would like my children to keep dreaming up imaginary worlds of Greek Gods and Dinosaur Worlds, as a mother I know that it’s a part of letting them take flight.
To live, love, and believe with true abandon. That’s what I see my children doing. That’s how I want to be. That’s how I want them to stay.