From Tummy to Tattoo

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

My daughter, Annie, has always been on the go. Although she never really crawled on all fours, she scooted on her tummy in a make-shift army crawl. When she realized she could get farther and faster by scooting on her back, there was no stopping her. She was off.

Annie didn’t venture too far for college, but she did go out of state. During the summers she traveled around the country working for a company that provided clean-up services at concert venues. You might say she experienced things from the ground up. Music and travel and making new friends – what could be better?

After college, Annie worked for AmeriCorps, a job rich in experiences if not necessarily pay, that took her to live some 3,000 miles away in California. She took the opportunity to see even more of the country as she traveled back and forth for visits.

Two years later she was off again, going even farther away, this time to Costa Rica to teach English as a second language. While there, she visited other countries in Central America and became fluent in Spanish.

Annie will travel alone or with friends and go anywhere that sparks an interest. Last summer she spent time in Spain, and this summer there is talk of a trip to Columbia. She never ceases to impress me with her independence.

So, I wasn’t surprised at all when she sent me a picture yesterday of her first tattoo – an arrow on the underside of her left arm with the word “wanderlust.”

Perfect. In every way.

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7 Responses to From Tummy to Tattoo

  1. How fun to be able to see so many parts of the world! Love that she taught English in Costa Rica. Must have had many amazing experiences! Her tattoo definitely is perfect for her!

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  2. arjeha says:

    Sounds like her joy of traveling started at an early age and has no signs of slowing up. Good for her. The tattoo definitely fits who she is.

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  3. Meaghan says:

    Wow, what a nurturing home you must have provided her to be so independent. Loved watching her grow through each paragraph!

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  4. I love the way your piece evolved from ‘tummy to tattoos.’ It made me think about my college freshman and the fact that I have just realized that if I’m going to keep up with my son I will in a forever run!

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  5. I, too, have raised two independent travelers and have enjoyed keeping up with their adventures, and sometimes we even traveled together. I am not a fan of tatoos, but I must admit that if I were to have one it would be like your daughter’s. It’s good to know that “wanderlust” is alive and well!

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  6. lynnedorfman says:

    Rosie – Annie is really something – so smart, so full of life, so ready for a new adventure! She is independent and confident. Amazing, really! I am sure there will be many more wonderful adventures for Annie right around the corner. Love her tattoo!

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  7. What independence she has and I can hear how proud you are of her. No matter how old your kids get they will always be your kids and you can always look back fondly on the memories that helped shape them into who they are today.

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