Whenever I travel – wherever I go – I always take Ears with me. Ears is one of the first things V gave me when we met. Maybe he was won at a carnival, but I really don’t remember. Ears comes with me, even if I am only going on an overnight. You see, I always have a dog with me, no matter where I am in the world. (When at home, Ears lives on my night stand next to the bed.)
Ears has been in more countries and states than most people, I guess. I never thought to make him a passport, but if I did, I guess it would look a lot like mine (except no one asks him for his visa) and I think he was born in China, not the USA. – BOL
Somehow the cat’s toy turtle (which is actually one of Sofie’s favorites too) found it’s way into my suitcase on this trip. (Did I ever tell you about the time I got to Switzerland and was unpacking my clothes to find a dog biscuit among my underclothes, Hahahaha. Truly, Nikki, my dog of the time, dropped it in while I was packing at home. To this day (about 20 years later) – I still carry that petrified Milkbone in my bag.)
I have this tradition of leaving cards for V when I travel. Years ago, when I traveled less, I used to leave a card for everyday. Now, especially with a 6 week trips, I leave one for every week . The cards are numbered and dated with instructions when to open (not that I am there to know). I plan the cards between humor and missing you and lovey-dovey, to try and keep the momentum going. There is
always usually one from V in my suitcase (hiding in some pocket). This trip, I guess because it is sooooo long, even K8 made me a wonderful card. She is such a good artist and makes really nice cards. Having stuff from home makes living in a hotel room a little easier.
And, I always have my dog, Ears (who is such a good listener).