The other day I was talking to a friend about getting real. While I know it's important to be sensible, cautious, aware, and real, at the same time I hope I never lose my sweetness.Many people in the world can be harsh and bitter sometimes, and my hope is that love will always remain in my heart.
The very next day I was shopping and came across this Valentine, and I just had to get it.
This story was especially endearing to us because Jess and
I love to travel so very, very much--it raises the spirit and broadens
perspective, elevates the heart and opens the mind.
Certainly, travel is
more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on,
permanent, in the ideas of living.
~ Mary Ritter Beard ~
And we loved Mr. Fox because we too have a beloved furry friend that we take on every one of our own adventures. Meet Teddy—the traveling
Teddy was a companion of our grandmother, and when she
passed away shortly before our first trip to Canada, Jess and I decided that he would accompany us on all of our travels as a reminder to live boldly like our
Granny in Egypt
In 2009, one year after our trip to Canada, Jess decided to
embark on a brave adventure of her own. She saved up for months, quit her job
at an architecture firm, and boarded a plane bound for Europe. For the next three months, she backpacked from...
London, to Amsterdam, to Paris…
Teddy (or, "ours en
peluche") at la tour Eiffel
to Barcelona, to Valencia, to Nice…
Sunning in the South
to Florence, to Interlaken, to Vienna…
Enjoying a delectable Viennese sachertorte
before the opera
to Hamburg, to Berlin, to Munich…
to Venice, to Rome, to Athens…
Exploring his "Greek heritage"
at the Parthenon
and with her along the way traveled her faithful friend,
Teddy. Since that trip, Teddy has been to many wonderful places…New Orleans, Seattle,
the American Southwest, and the Caribbean, but his adventures in Europe will always
be close to our hearts because it showed us how possible it really is to realize
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu ~
Since then, we have been dreaming of publishing Teddy’s
tales in a children’s book, and we’ve been hard at work to make it happen. We
hope one day soon to share with you all his journeys across a great big world, because
in travel there is the connection of bodies, hearts, and minds. You never know what surprises await...
We wish you your own great adventure, Mr. Gary Moore. May you travel