When we first met in one of the best Singapore hawker centers in 1978 I don’t think either of us had an inkling of what lay in store for us and our future together. Like any youthful souls, we had idealistic hopes and dreams. Of course, our main goal after being engaged was getting married, starting a family and finishing college.
After vacillating to determine my college direction, I ultimately settled on a dual major in Asian History and Geography at Northern Arizona University. I probably followed my heart more than my brain. My original plan was to become an attorney, but various things along the way led me to choose a different path. Admittedly, my sweet wife was not happy with my change in direction, but, thankfully stuck with me all these years, even though the “what ifs” have often crept into both of our minds at times.
As I look back today, I honestly believe that following the path we chose has enabled us to have a life rich in experiences. We have never had the riches that many lawyers enjoy, but I think we provided our children opportunities and memories that few American children, especially those born in the 1980s, ever got to experience.
At the age of 20, I don’t think Julianne would have believed anyone if she were told she would live in Japan for four and a half years and have the opportunity to visit places in Canada and Mexico while also traveling to most of the 50 United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But, that we did. We enjoyed many opportunities to travel together and continue to do so to this day.
Over the past 15 years or so, we have traveled all over the United States. At one time, we had Amaree living in Montana and then they moved to Port Orchard, Washington. Seth got his first job out of college and lived just north of Cincinnati, but job changes eventually took him and his family to Connecticut and later to Houston. This meant opportunities to travel for visits. These became long trips that afforded us the opportunity to see many new places.
Travel runs in our veins. Julianne may not like the long road trips that I enjoy (as do many of my children and grandchildren), but she still loves to travel. Annually she has a sibling trip to San Diego where she spends her time in a family time share on the Pacific coast. And now that her sister Laura is closer, we make occasional trips to Pennsylvania or meet Laura and her family in Ohio or West Virginia.
Do you like travel? Are you aware that I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places? You can use these to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!