Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Walk a mile in her shoes...

Hey Sue,

Well, I'm on my "holidays" which is why I finally have some time to sit down and knock out a post or two. I can't believe its been over a month, I'm feeling the guilt but what can I say, the life of a working mom is a busy one!!!

Speaking of Mom's, mine is currently embarking on the trip of a lifetime. As of today my most incredible, brave and fit Mom, Bernice (pictured above) and her friend Bonny, begin their trek along The Camino Portuguese; a 610km walk from Lisbon Portugal, northward to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Pilgrims have been following this route since biblical times to pay homage to the Apostle James. There is even an old Spanish legend that tells how the stars in the Milky Way are actually the dust from passing pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela. It is one of Europe's oldest routes, following along the remains of Roman roads through the cities, villages, rolling hills and Atlantic coastline of Portugal. Before their planned arrival in Santiago one month from today, they will not only have to face blisters, bedbugs and some of the worst drivers in western Europe, but they will have completed a truly incredible feat. 

My mom's reasons for the journey are like many others, not a pilgrimage but for the challenge and the experience. Since retiring some years ago Bernice has been working through her bucket list, a wish list of adventures that has included everything from zip lines across the Fraser River to hot air ballon rides and this 610km walk across Portugal and Spain. Although I will be worried about her I am just so proud of what she is doing and that she is my Mom. She is my inspiration, fierce in both body and mind and if I can be half the woman she is when I turn 70, well then I'll be laughing.

Here's hoping that baby Griff still ain't keeping you up all night...?

Alison xo

1 comment:

  1. Hoping the two of you continue the correspondence. I think it is something special. See my blog on all things Postcards from Wonderland ...