I met Glennia originally because she is one of the contributors of the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Then I started reading her personal blog: The Silent “I”, Glennia’s adventures: foreign and domestic. Being a mom of three boys, including twin preschoolers has made it tough for me to travel. So visiting her blog is a virtual vacation for me. Her travel index offers a taste of many places across the world: Greenland, Oahu, Mammoth Cave National Park, Galapagos Islands and the list goes on… Her writing is so rich it takes you along for the journey.
Best of all, she talks about traveling as a family with her husband and son – which is giving me the courage to start thinking about traveling with my sons (and I need lots). Glennia is honest about the excitement and the challenges. I choose her post on “Kauai: The Garden Island” for the March Perfect Post awards at Suburban Turmoil and Petroville even though it was in February because I am still thinking about it. The post starts out giving a taste of the area’s beauty:
“What we didn’t expect was that we would both fall ass-over-tea kettle
in love with the place, with Kalapaki Beach, the view from our balcony,
the giant swimming pool with its dizzying array of spitting fountains,
the tropical garden and the ginormous koi pond–all of it.“
And then the challenges of taking her son to the beach while her husband is taking a nap. I felt the same way she did when I just took my older son to the beach, fearful but also wanting to support his independence (after proper swim lessons):
“I’m not sure when I became such a buzz-kill, but I believe it was at
the moment that I gave birth and was bestowed the title “mother.” All
I could think of was, “thank God you did not drown” and had to put aside my somewhat irrational fear to say, “Please don’t go out so far.”
Everyone learned a good lesson and went on to have a great night together. And I had alittle taste-o-Kauai. I really enjoyed the pictures of her son running by the beach, I could almost hear those waves crashing and smell the sea air. If they had the perfect vlog awards, I may add in my favorite virtual vacation vlog: Beach Walks with Rox.