We received Alexander’s passport in the mail yesterday. I’ve been eyeing up the postman every day for the past two weeks waiting for it to arrive. I couldn’t help being a little overzealous. I was just so excited to see Alex’s little baby picture in that blue book with blank pages just begging to be filled with stamps. I am pretty sure the postman thinks I’ve lost my mind or that I now work for an international spy agency and he is officially under surveillance. (I’ll let you go this time buddy…)
My passport is one of my most cherished possessions. It has stamps in it from my travels with Joe to Ireland of course, but it also has stamps from places I’ve traveled to with students as a study abroad advisor and even one sweet souvenir stamp from Machu Picchu in Peru. Flipping through it always brings a flood of memories of my travels–mostly good, some not so great and a whole lotta life-shaping lessons.
My hope is that Alex will feel the same about his passport, but maybe more importantly that he finds something as life-giving for him as travel has been for me. Something that makes him wait in earnest for the postman (so that we can be secret agents together of course).
Ok, enough sappy momma stuff (I know, I know. Is this a travel blog or mommy blog? Ha, I think it just turned into a little bit of both. I digress…).
I wanted to introduce you to my friend Abby, who will, incidentally, have you waiting by the mailbox too. She’s the blogger and curator of Emerald Post, a subscription service that brings a little bit of the Emerald Isle right to your doorstep in an Ireland inspired emerald-green envelope. The parcel is full of artwork in the form of stationary like note cards and post cards and prints. (I am particularly in love with February’s Glendalough block print.)
She is also kindred spirit with obsessive-level passion for Ireland and some great posts about her travels on her sister site, Traveling Chariot. Seriously–one of her Ireland posts has this amazing tip that I have even done myself instinctively throughout all our travels, but I had never once considered to share: Photograph the information boards at historic sites. You’ll always remember the name of the place you visited and its significance. Genius!
If you have a little luck of the Irish in you (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!), Abby is giving away March’s pretty emerald green envelope filled with fun artwork for an Infinite Ireland reader.
All you’ve got to do is leave a comment below to be entered. Easy peasy! Deadline to enter is Friday, March 10th at 11:59 PM. A winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
Entries are now closed. Congrats to lucky commenter #18 Melissa Kelly!
P.S. If you want your own subscription to the Emerald Post use the code Ireland10 to get 10% off (I’ve already ordered mine–let the postman watch resume!).