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Have Mother, Will Travel

Barb Barrett
Woodbury MN USA
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 40 No. 5, October-November 2004, p. 107.

Whether you are traveling to the store to pick up groceries, across town to a Series Meeting, to a different state to visit family, or across the country to attend a La Leche League International Conference, the phrase "Have mother…will travel" is a comfort to any nursling.

For me, as a La Leche League Leader, "Have mother…will travel" has a completely different meaning. To me, it means a special opportunity to spend time with my mother. This is exactly what my mother and I did in July 2003 when we traveled together to San Francisco, California, USA for the LLLI Conference.

Preparation was the key to our exciting adventures in San Francisco. We spent time in advance planning our trip, raising funds by having a garage sale (which covered my Conference fee of almost $500), and, of course, figuring out what places we wanted to see. We had a great time at the Conference. I was able to attend sessions that benefited me as a Leader and as a mother of a preschooler and kindergartener. My mother was able to attend sessions that benefited her as a grandmother, as a woman approaching retirement, and as a professional woman who wanted to learn how her company could make her workplace more breastfeeding friendly. It was a treat to give my mother a taste, albeit on a grander scale, of what La Leche League is all about. It was truly mother-daughter bonding at its best.

I hope you will give thought to the phrase, "Have mother…will travel" when you begin to dream about the possibility of traveling to Washington DC, USA next summer for 19th LLLI Conference. Look for my mother and me—we’re already making plans to be there!

Barb Barrett has been a La Leche League Leader since 2001. She currently leads meetings with LLL of South Washington County, Minnesota, USA and is the Area Communications Coordinator and Area Leader Letter Editor of Northern LLLights, the Minnesota, USA Leader Letter. Barb lives with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Dylan (6) and Mairin (4).

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