My mother is a modern-day, have-it-all, role model woman. She went to medical school after being a successful teacher and graduated first in her class. When she got married, she arranged to share a job with another doctor running a NICU at a hospital. At a time, when women were supposed to be able to do it all, she found a way to job share in a profession which usually doesn’t consider that an option.
That willingness to negotiate a work-life balance, allowed her to take me and my daughters for girls-only trips throughout their childhood. Our first trip was to Disney World. We relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company. We let the girls dictate our pace and our direction. On that trip, we rode Dumbo at least 100 times…just because the girls wanted to.
I tend to be quiet and thoughtful, so sometimes I miss fun opportunities. One night when the table next to us was celebrating a birthday, my mom encouraged us to sing. By the end of the song, the entire restaurant was singing and we were rewarded with pieces of the birthday cake. My oldest enjoyed it so much, she ate two pieces.
I think the best part of about having a Grandmother is that she relaxes the rules, teaches you to sing out loud, and notices the differences from the last visit, so you can treasure the changes. I am so glad that my daughters have gotten to take Girls Trips and I am so lucky to have a role model mom.