We just made it to the Fattorie Faggioli yesterday after 10+ days on the road. We packed up and moved out of cohousing on October 31st, followed by a week of consolidating all our lives into luggage and an “interlude” visiting the East Coast before landing at the farm. Here’s a summary of key lessons learned along the way:
- Absolutely the most important lesson is that traveling with a child is not only more tiring but also sweeter. The fatigue is obvious, but people are much nicer, even on the subway or check in counter, when you have a little conversation starter hanging off of you. Amazingly, one’s baby will smile at all the right moments to reduce excess baggage fees, win forgiveness for piles of luggage on the train at rush hour, or get you to the front of the line. Which is good, because you’re too tired to explain or defend yourself.
- The staff of the Staten Island Ferry system are courteous but very concerned about potentially hazardous activities. (child on the shoulders, child attempting to eat life ring, child walking too close to the stairs, etc.)
- Cousin Oliver just happens to be living in New York right now! The minds meet for the first time and have much to talk about.
- Unlike Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum uses the tragedy of the shoah as a point of departure for challenging all acts of genocide everywhere. (They are currently showing an exhibit on Cambodia, followed by a room of warning on Syria.)
- Seeing friends and family with a toddler either inspires curious questions about parenthood or frequent exclamations about the impossibility of parenthood.
- Last but not least: We have an amazingly loving and supportive community across the US, who, along with God watching out for us, made for a really lovely send off into our new life in Italy!
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I’m so happy for you guys! You reached critical speed and did it!
Thanks! Now we’ve reached the point where there’s no where else we need to go but there’s plenty still to do.
When we moved from Germany to the US we had a 9 month old daughter. Definitely made for a lot more luggage as we wouldn’t be seeing our household goods for the next 4 months! I look forward to following your adventure. Be safe.
Luckily we brought everything with us Julie! But now it’s in a big pile waiting to be sorted. Slowly but surely!
Sorry not to have seen you or met Oliver!
You have to come visit us here Tina, clearly.
Your sweetness, love and light is traveling with you. Thanks for staying in touch. I love you all dearly.
Travelling with a small child definitely has its pluses 🙂