Curious about how Patty managed to have an identity crisis during her Trip of a Lifetime. Read on…
Patty Chang Anker.
I am having an identity crisis. I haven’t had to tell anyone what to do for days. I haven’t had to assess allergy free (ie, wheat/dairy/corn/soy/tomato/pea-free) meal and snack options for anyone. I haven’t had to clean anyone else’s wounds or wipe anyone else’s tears. My kids are with their dad and I’m realizing I don’t really know how to take a vacation.
So I start (s)mothering Max. Max, at 34, is the only Trip of a Lifetime participant younger than me. Therefore, I can tell him to eat his vegetables, right? I can give him tissues to clean mud off his arms, I can ask if he needs an umbrella in case it rains. Can you manage all that photo equipment, I ask – offering to hold something for him.
“Do I look like I need help?” he asks, bemused. He is a professional wildlife photographer. He has tracked mountain gorillas in Rwanda (http://www.maxwaugh.com/rwanda07/gorilla18.php) and caught wild pumas on film in Costa Rica (http://www.maxwaugh.com/cr08/puma1.php). Does he look like he needs help?
But I need TO help!
One morning Max holds out an open cookie wrapper, and I assume he wants me to throw it out for him. I am about to say “the garbage is right there, I’m sure you can do it yourself,” but he says:
“Would you like a cookie?”
Is this a dream? I don’t have to do anything for anyone. In this bizarro-vacation world, cookies are being offered to me.
Why…yes. I would love a cookie.
I could get used to this.
Max Waugh, capturing baby sea turtles’ first steps.
Note to my kids: See how he carries his own stuff?
P.S. Max’s photographs live and breathe, startle and amaze – check them out at http://www.maxwaugh.com/
P.P.S. Confused about what Patty is doing in Costa Rica without her family? The Trip of a Lifetime starts here: http://upside-down-patty.blogspot.com/2010/11/ticket-to-ride.html
Coming up: “Have Machete, Will Travel: The Adventures of Felipe”