I got a good chuckle from Jen Miller's (The Edventure Project) post Travel is ruining my kids. It is really not far from the truth! Our girls have made similar comments as hers. Since they ate pineapples and mangoes and papayas in Costa Rica, our girls don’t even want to try them here (well, mangoes, maybe, because, you know, mangoes are just the best thing on earth and you can always try them… and make a face…).
We sometimes wondered this year, as
we visited the Carlsbald caverns, hiked The Wave in Utah and many other
epic trails, did some rock climbing in some of the best spots in the US and
mountain biked on slick rock in Moab and some of the best trails in Colorado, how they will ever want to
join us on rock climbing and mountain biking adventures back home in
Turns out, we were quite right, we have the most bored little
girls in town now that we are back… Nothing is good enough for them,
going to the same place twice in a row is deemed the uttermost boring
thing to do… Hiking in the National park in our backyard is sooo déjà
vu… Biking the same trails, forget it! Oh well! We better leave again
soon and never stop traveling because once you have well traveled kids,
ordinary life doesn’t quite cut it!
Of course, I am half-kidding... but I have to say that one might wonder if this is a good thing or not. However, I must say that I suffer a bit from the same syndrom. I myself find going to the local beach 3 days in a row a bit boring (where the water is not as warm as Costa Rica, not as blue as the Florida keys, the sand not as white as in Tallahassee... and of course, no waves. Actually, the first time we hit the lake, after months of being by the sea, the girls exclaimed: Mama, the waves are really little today! Oh wait! That's a lake... That was funny!
We are not in exploration mode anymore, we are in filling time blocks mode... I spent my evenings searching blogs for inspiration on activities to do with them, interesting outings, etc. Aisha is the one who is having
the hardest time since we have been back. Most of my ideas for things
to do simply don't interest her. She wants to be on an adventure everyday. She asks for new things, new places to see... What a challenge! The other day she was bored to tears and said: I just want to be in a canyon right now!
Should we stop traveling so our girls can see what "real life" is? Because, as one might argue, "ordinary life" is not always exciting and they need to learn that... Well, really? I disagree. If we can offer our girls a fascinating life full of explorations and different activities, should we refrain from it so they don't feel bored when they come back? Who said they should settle for boring and ordinary? I didn't and I am not, that's for sure.