My background includes an MBA, which I earned while working in the travel industry. I have traveled in South America, Europe and Asia.
A Young World Travel
Sophia has spent her life as an ex-pat in Europe and Asia due to her father’s work. It is amazing to think of the experiences that this child has accumulated over her short life span. She has walked with elephants in Thailand, been up close and personal with monkeys in Bali, survived rides in tuk tuks in Cambodia, and surfed in Vietnam. That doesn’t include the scores of European cathedrals and Buddhists temples she has visited. Still, she is just a little girl who delights in riding her bicycle around our neighborhood and picking strawberries at the local farms when she visits Connecticut. She embraces each experience with enthusiasm and childhood delight. I hope she will remember as an adult her visits with her grandparents as well as her worldwide travels
Sophia's Summer in America
Swan Boats and Carousels in the park
Fireworks at the beach after dark
Learning to ride a bike on the road
Talking with Gram in our special code
Making muffins and cookies to share with all
Bounce U with Elise and scarcely a fall
Lots of playgrounds where to play
Something new everyday
Whales and seals, and turtles, too
Never a lack of things to do
But best of all, the riding stable
And finding out I really am able
To trot and to post and to guide my horse
Proud Mama and Daddy were watching, of course
Grandparents, aunties and cousins galore
So many memories, maybe next year even more!
Elise who was born in Europe, moved to Asia as an infant. China has been her home. Visiting the United States in the summer is a special treat. It is hard to top the experiences she has had in her travels throughout the world, but she seems to find great pleasure in very mundane activities that any 3 year old would enjoy such as running through a sprinkler, grabbing the hose and spraying her grandparents! Watching a chipmunk through the kitchen window, helping Gram mix pancake batter, or rolling down a small hill in the back yard….. all bring a big smile to her face.
A Poem for Elise
I am a ballet dancer in my pink tutu
I like to dress like Katie Perry, too!
I climb and jump and love the slide,
But the very best is the carousel ride.
At the playground I wear my gummy socks
And at the beach we put shells in a box
But when I gaze up to the sky
I love to see airplanes pass by
The moon is up there and I see
All shapes of clouds staring down at me.
One day at Gram’s I looked through the glass
And saw a tiny lion running through the grass
There are so many things I like to see and do
One day I hope you will come with me, too
Be Careful What you Teach your Children!
My father read to me about adventures in the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands and Patagonia. He encouraged me to embrace the world, and to travel more than he. So, I joined the Peace Corps, to my parents dismay, and volunteered in Colombia, South America.
As a parent, I encouraged my children to explore the world and took them on trips to a number of places in the United States, Europe, Canada, Colombia and the Caribbean.
Now, as a grandparent, I wish my children lived within 10 miles of our house so that we could see them often!
Our little granddaughters have experienced so very much of this world, I wonder what they will do as adults and where they will send THEIR children……space travel perhaps?
Shelley Horsley Cruz (author) from Northford, CT on January 11, 2018:
I am going back to CHINA next month to visit these little girls! I hope to write more stories!
Elliot Olster on April 16, 2017:
This is so nice.... I am sure you are glad you did it (wrote this) and I am sure your children and grandchildren will enjoy reading it (or have their parents read it to them) .. They really have traveled a lot and experienced a lot, especially for little children. I am sure they will continue to amaze you as they grow and do even more.
Shelley Horsley Cruz (author) from Northford, CT on April 16, 2017:
Thank you Terrielynn! Grandchildren are special, indeed!
Terrie Lynn from Canada on April 16, 2017:
I love it. I am planing a special trip with my grandchildren. I can hardly wait to take them on our adventure. Aren't they wonderful.
Shelley Horsley Cruz (author) from Northford, CT on April 09, 2017:
The "tiny lion" was actually a chipmunk, but Elise had never seen a chipmunk and made the remarkable association...
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 04, 2017:
That's beautiful poetry for your Grandchildren. =)
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 03, 2017:
Your poetry is beautiful. I have four grandchildren. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for the follow. Happy to follow you...
Fiddleman on March 28, 2017:
Sweet poem and your love so simply expressed yet noble. Thanks for sharing. I have two sweet little granddaughters and they are the joy of my life.