There are little things in my life that I look back on that make me think, “wow!” Sometimes that “wow” ends with “what were we thinking,” while other times it goes something like “how cool was that!” and “can we do it again?”
Our trip to China in late 2010 would fall under the latter category.
It was an incredible first foray into international travel with a kid. Plus Dek pretty much learned how to walk in Beijing.
Last spring I wrapped up my posts covering this first trip to China at the same time that I was headed back for our second visit. Somehow in all of the travel insanity I forgot to share my photos and experiences from our last day in Beijing, the day we visited the Temple of Heaven.
Built around the same time as the Forbidden City, the complex was used each year to offer prayers to heaven for a good harvest. We were able to peak into each structure on the grounds and catch a glimpse of the grandeur that past emperors would walk through as they offered up their yearly prayers.
And yet this is not what I took away from our visit.
Instead, I still look at our images and the memories in my mind and marvel at how well my little guy was walking. It wasn’t just the walking though; he was taking his first baby steps (and quite a few stumbles) around some of the world’s most fascinating and impressive architectural history.
Dek doesn’t remember these moments, but I do. They still make me say “wow” as I gaze at the framed photos from our trip in our hallway. It’s memories like those that I’ve clung to from the Temple of Heaven that make us hop on a plane with our passports and take on a new adventure every few months.
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written by Keryn Means