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May 06, 2009



I'm so glad your dad's ok!!


Hi Leigh,
Sounds really scary- I am glad to hear that your dad is ok! The video is REALLY sweet, nice to see your dad so happy!


I've just discovered your site and it's full of interesting posts. We are planning a rtw trip with our three children to start in about 18 months and this is a topic that worries me. My dad has MS and my husband's parents are in their 70's and not 100% healthy. I guess you just have to cross each bridge as you come to it. I'm glad to hear your Dad is OK.

Cheap Like Me

Lovely post. So glad your dad is doing much better. And what a sweet video.


I'm so sorry to hear about your father's recent spell in the hospital and scare. Our recent visit to the States to visit family really hit home that our parents (and grandparents) are not getting any younger. While we know that they wouldn't want us to stop our travels now, their health and being able to spend time with them when they do have their health does weigh on us.

I imagine that the experiences your parents had with you in Argentina will fill them with stories and excitement for a long time. That's also something special.


Thanks for the thoughtful post. When I travel, I live in the moment, and it can be so easy to forget that there is a world with people and animals I love and things that should get my attention beyond where I am at that moment. You've brought up a good point about traveling in general, and I appreciate that you've shared it with us.


Solid post as usual!!

Glad to hear your dad's doing fine and things are back in order. I totally agree with your beginning and end statement about the unwritten rule(s) of travel. I can't even begin to imagine the shock, disbelief, fear, etc, of being so far away while a loved one is in the hospital.

Those are just some chances one takes while traveling however; just have to roll with the punches (a lot easier said then done, I know).

Well Leigh, I hope you and your family the best and as Audrey posted above; I'm sure the experience they had in Argentina is something they will forever cherish and remember.


Thanks for sharing! Glad to hear your Dad is doing better!

jen laceda

Oh my god, I almost cried reading your post. Almost cried...but glad to know your dad is OK. I know what you mean when you said that you look at someone differently (in a video or photo) after a "close call". Sometimes I look at my parents and think, "what if something happened to either one of them? I would be utterly devastated? How would I handle it?" Then I feel sad for a moment, but then we all go on...
Thanks for an inspiring post.


Great post. I am glad to hear your father is okay. It’s at a moment like that when one realizes how important life is. You are reminded to treasure life and those close to you. I’m certain your father had a wonderful time and glad he got the chance to spend Lila’s birthday with her. I’m sure it’s an experience he will cherish forever. A great experience will always over look small misfortunes.

Also, I feel home is where ever you make it. Even though your parents are far away, you have your daughter and husband by your side. You will get to watch Lila grow and experience life (a truly wonderful experience). “Home” isn’t a location it’s a state of mind. It’s the feeling of comfort and happiness. If you stay at a location long enough it will become home. A bit cliché but home is where the heart is and your heart can be in many different places at once.

Leigh Shulman

Thanks, Becca. I know. My Dad is his most happy when hanging out with Lila (and us).

Leigh Shulman

I agree. Travel usually forces you to be in the moment. And it's very liberating too, to not worry about what happened and what might happen.

Then life comes along to remind you that not everything is a fun adventure. Perhaps, though, seeing the world in that in-the-moment way helps ease through the times when it's almost impossible not to worry.

Leigh Shulman

What a lovely response. Really so touching and so true. Yes, you're right, home is where the heart is. And maybe, cliches come to exist because they do reflect our reality.

Leigh Shulman

Thank you to all, Becca, John, Jen, Lilly, Carlos, JoAnna, Audrey, Victoria, Danielle and Cheap for your wishes and thoughtful comments. This blog and the internet has really become such a wonderful community. I thank you for that as well.

Luciana Misura

Leigh, I'm glad to hear your dad is feeling better. What you experienced is inevitable though, unless you live forever in the same city where your family lives, you might not be there when a loved one gets sick. And who is to say that even living next to family your whole life someone is not going to have a heart attack the moment you go on that short 1 week trip? We never know. I comfort myself thinking that I have a great relationship with my family, much better than a lot of people who live at arms' reach from each other. Distance doesn't change that!


Being such a long way from family just plain, old sucks sometimes. I'm glad to hear your dad is doing better. Funny that you're in Argentina, so far away from your family, and I'm here in California, so far away from most of my family in Argentina. But my situation is different, because I grew up so far away from them, as an immigrant. To this day, I have a love/hate relationship with airports. When I got on a plane after a visit to Argentina, I never knew when I'd see a family member again. It was crushing. The airport was the last place I saw my aunt, cousin, grandparents before they died. But while it's sad to be so far away, you learn to live with that reality. I don't think my parents would trade their life here, or move back.

Leigh Shulman

That's exactly how I felt about my family in South Africa. I was born there but moved to the US when I was 5 (just about Lila's age). Same thing with my grandparents. And because of the distance and expense, you can't just hop on a plane for everything that happens. I'm always trying to balance my love of travel with wanting to move back to the US to be near family.

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