Addie and I are back out on another grand adventure, this one started yesterday in Sarasota, Florida and will continue on Saturday into the Eastern Caribbean via enormous cruise ship.
Have you ever been to Sarasota, Florida? I thought Panama City was amazing (and it is!) but it turns out Panama City is just a regular ol’ beach town in Florida compared to Sarasota. Growing up in Utah, Florida was the dream. If you could make it to Florida you were big time. To think of all those wasted summers spent in Southern Utah. (I kid of course, no summer is ever wasted in Southern Utah, but the little girl inside me still squeals with delight when she comes to Florida.)
On the flight down here Addie told me she wanted to be a scientist. Then after touring the circus museum and watching a circus performance she decided she’d much rather be in the circus.
That is until tonight when she decided she would much rather grow up and work in the Tervis Tumbler factory assembling what she deems “THE BEST, MOST AMAZING CUPS EVER.”
For a kid who is addicted to ‘How It’s Made’ on the science channel, touring a real live factory and getting to assemble her own cup using crazy fancy machinery? Life made.
She also wants to be a travel writer, a baby nurse and a ballerina doctor.
Addie, she comes with big dreams and it’s one of the things I love most about her.
What’s been most amazing on this trip so far is that other writers brought their own children, and Addie has made friends with all of them. Hearing her in the back of the van whispering, giggling and bonding with other kids makes my heart sing. Earlier in the year Addie would hide behind me and cower when it came to meeting new people. We’ve practiced meeting new people for the last two months and today she proved that practice makes perfect. She’s managed to look every single person she has met in the eye, smile, shake their hand, and say “Hi, I’m Addie.” which is HUGE.
This little kid, part of me wants her to stay this age forever while the rest of me can’t wait to see what she grows into.
Especially if she grows into a circus performing cup assembler who moonlights and a baby ballerina doctor.
(Disclosure as usual: Our travel expenses have been covered by the Sarasota Visitors Association and we couldn’t be more thankful to them for this opportunity to visit. Opinions as always are my own.)