When I sat knitting these tiny lace trimmed moccasins whilst pregnant 35 years ago I had no idea what being a mother might entail. I was not paying attention when mothering skills were being dished out but even had I been I doubt I would have believed some of the necessary attributes I would need.
For example I didn't know I would need to be a good actor if I was to encourage my child to do things she wanted to do whilst inside I wanted to say No don't go there stay home with Mummy where you will be safe!! As some of you will know I spoke of this back here when the Wanderer wanted to go off to Australia and I am having to do it again now that she is in Nepal and has e-mailed to say she has booked her chosen trek leaving Kathmandu on 5th November for 18 days. I climb Island Peak and
go to Everest base camp, I will be with young Swedish guy for most of
the trip, we meet some more people at Island Peak base camp who we will
and then from there just me and my guide to Everest base camp. My reply: Glad you have got a trek booked OK and hope it will prove to be interesting as well as challenging I have looked up Island Peak - certainly challenging alright but what memories
you will have if you make it! When what I wanted to say was along the lines of come back right now especially once I had checked out the websites here and here.
Can the tiny shoes in the above photo once have belonged to the young woman who flew off on Friday by herself to Nepal with a backpack and a pair of hiking boots! I gather that she met up with some Australians who came from Melbourne, not far from where Mr M's sister and her family live, and went out to dinner with them. They however have gone off on their trek today leaving the Wanderer to make other new friends.
I met up with an old friend in Bath on Friday and we spoke about our children and said that nobody ever tells you that the tiny little baby in your arms might one day enjoy travelling alone like the Wanderer or like my friend's son join the RAF and have to go to war zones if he is sent or they might want to be and do all sorts of things which we as mothers perceive as dangerous but we have to let them go and all the while encourage them to follow their own dreams even if it means that the sleepless nights we expected when they were babies will never really end as they will always be our "babies"!