Everything starts and ends with family
Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
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Of course they'll have their not so wonderful stories to tell when they get home, like my mini tantrum at the trotro station in Takaradi, the day that they spent over 7 hours on a trotro in 40 degree weather, the running (not the kind you'd think) and the roosters, those damn roosters! I'll save some stories for them to tell for now but I'm sure more and more will come out during the next few months.
There's been a few moments that I've had to pinch myself to remind me that they are here and a few moments where I might have rolled my eyes a bit and bit my lip, but the most important and memorable moments I've gotten goosebumps and had to hold back the tears. Thought I would share my 'top 10 moments with Mom and Dad' but then I realized I had 15, then 17, then had to stop and settle, so here are the top 18.
18. Our morning runs in Elmina
17. Running through the streets in Labone during a massive rain storm to buy beer their first night
16. Having a beer at Stumble Inn on our first beach day together and catching up after not seeing each other in 5 months
14. My tantrum in Takaradi
13. Walking out onto the balcony to find Dad listening to 'can you feel the love tonight' with a glass of Baileys, a cigar and tears running down his face the last night in Elmina
12. Spotting them with big smiles surrounded by what seemed like a million school kids at Bantama
11. Mom's face during the drive from Accra to Cape Coast
10. Laying on Busua beach, hearing the alarm go off and Mom and Dad flipping over every 15 minutes so they don't get burnt. I've termed it rotisserie tanning.
9. Calling them from Accra to tell them I drank too much on the party bus and missed the Elmina stop, then getting up at 5 am to take a 3 hour trotro to get back home the following morning.
8. Hearing them call Wisdom 'Winston' and Patience 'Precious' by mistake at the office
7. When they were introduced as Diane and Wayne Powpowich at the Trot for Trash and Dad was asked to say a speech to 800 people who spoke Fante - we had no clue a speech was required
6. Watching the sun go down during dinner at Brenu after a 4 hour beach walk
5. Mom and I finding Dad dancing with 5 Ghanaians at a club after he might have had too much rye whiskey!
4. Seeing Mom and Dad work with the Global Mamas on their business plans. They were so respectful and had so many great ideas!
3. Laughing so hard it hurt while making fun of them for over talking about the fan and AC in Busua
2. Seeing them walking down the arrivals corridor at the airport
1. Realizing again and again that I have the most supportive, adventurous, beautiful, thoughtful, funny and loving parents. How many people get the opportunity to travel with their parents in Africa?
Thanks for the memories Mom and Dad, it will be August in no time and I will be the one supporting you and cheering my heart out when you cross the finish line at IMC.