I’ve mentioned in my previous post about my fascination for travel and my dream of living abroad. My commitment to the idea of teaching our child about the Asian heritage goes way back to even before she was born. Not surprisingly, my addiction has spread all over our home and in our lives. In our previous home, the one in the suburb, our daughter’s room was filled with the Burmese, Mandarin and English letters on the wall.
So when we moved to our house in the city (with the smallest yard we could find-“Yes!” exclaimed J) I wanted to paint on the wall of her room, a world map. However, with the idea always hanging in the back of my head about living abroad, I ended up not taking on the challenge to paint that wall. In lieu of the wall mural, I wanted a map of some type to put in her room to allude to our travels.
Well, months go by, and the walls were still bare. Life goes on. One day I was shopping at a Target looking for a shower curtain since we were having guests over for the holidays. This means they will be camping out in every space available in the house and shower curtain is a must. M‘s bathroom never had a shower curtain since we gave her bubble baths and never found it necessary.
I am usually a very frugal shopper. However, there it was that day, this amazing shower curtain hanging before my very eyes calling out to me. You would not believe the joy it brought to me because that’s what I’ve been looking for. A shower curtain with a world map on it; I paid full retail price for it without thinking twice about it. 🙂
Each night on nights that I give my daughter a bath or a shower, I usually start a conversation with her about a continent, a country or city on that beautiful vinyl world map shower curtain (hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?) I would often point out to her, on the map, where mommy’s side of the family is from and where daddy’s side of the family is from. Before we go on a trip, we discuss about the places we will and may visit. We also discuss about the places we’ve been after we return from our trip. I have found that it is a great way to educate my child about geography. Believe it or not, the shower curtain’s map was more accurate than expected. The continents were where they were meant to be. 🙂
Soon she will be graduating to a Geographic Encyclopedia. Thanks to @valvetescape I am encouraged and feel it is timely since I just read a post about the importance of geography. His post has inspired me as a parent. I hope one day my daughter will appreciate the education and the memorable experiences we try to provide for her through our travels due to her mother’s obsession to travel and see the world, in person.