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An American Adventure

American Adventure | Makelight

Towards the end of last year I casually mentioned to my husband how amazing it would be to take out 8 year old to American with me on my book tour. I had been completely inspired by Erika and the travels she has done with her girls, taking each of them away with her on separate trips. It had stuck in my mind ever since I met her last year and one evening it struck me that I could actually make it happen with my children, starting with Imogen and my book tour. 

American Adventure | Makelight

My husband, being the ever amazing and supportive person he is, immediately said "yes, you should do that." And so, I set about organising things with school and looked into the practicalities of it all before telling Imogen when we went out together for her birthday. I will never forget her face when I told her and I will never ever forget the ten days we had together in America. 

American Adventure | Makelight
American Adventure | Makelight

It has changed our relationship forever and we have something so special that it makes me cry happy tears whenever I think about it. It's taken me a while to be able to write about it because I miss those days so much. It was so intense, magical and life changing in ways I just wasn't prepared for. Yes, I knew we were going to have an amazing time but what I just didn't realise was just how much we would learn about each other and just how much she would grow up in those few days. And not in a scary pre-teen way but just in a wise, beautiful way. 

American Adventure | Makelight

While we were away there were no little ones to distract me when she was talking to me. There was no housework to be done. There was work to be done but it was just the right amount, so it didn't get in the way with the things that we wanted to do together. She got to know me, as just me and not as me, the mother of four young children. She also got to walk into a shop, thousands of miles from home and see a poster of her mother! I'd say that's a pretty inspiring thing for an 8 year old girl. 

American Adventure | Makelight

We went to art galleries, shops, cafes and parks and we could stay as long as we both wanted to. No-one needed a nappy change or a nap. No-one argued with us. It was just us and we talked and talked. And saw amazing things. We met up with my friends in every place we went. And that was pretty special. 

American Adventure | Makelight

I got to take Imogen to places I love and share them with her. I got to go to some places for the first time with her. Places we'll both always remember. 

American Adventure | Makelight

And we left some things to do in each place we went because we know that we will return and next time we'll take the rest of the family with us. Despite this time being so magical because it was just the two of us we both also missed the others really deeply too. And as much as that hurt at the time I love that we missed them so much. I love that we needed these few days together, that they changed us forever but that we also need the other four members of our family just as much. 

American Adventure | Makelight

I know just how lucky I am to have this amazing family and what an incredible person Imogen already is. At just 8 years old she blows me away with her kindness, love, intelligence, creativity and her wisdom. I cannot wait to watch her grow more. xo 

{PS I am now beginning to plan my next adventure, which will be with Oren (my second child) in 2017. He wants to go to Japan, somewhere that's been high up on my wish list for a very long time. Watch this space!}

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