Travel Series: Why I Carry a Ping-pong Ball
This past Sunday, I found a ping-pong ball machine in our community center. On a whim, I forked over $0.50 for two balls. I grabbed a Sharpie marker and drew a face on each ball - one boy and one girl. Then I chased down my kids and gave them each a ball. You would have thought I gave my kids an expensive toy or something. They played with them all day.
After a minutes my daughter tugged my sleave, "Daddy, can I have a quarter?"
"Why do you need a quarter?"
She looked up at me. "I want to make you a ball?"
I handed her the quarter and a Sharpie. A few minutes later she brought me a ball with a face. Even better were the words written in a shaky six-year-old hand, "I love you, Daddy."
I carry that ball with me now, even in Finland. Traveling is often a lonely business and I carry small things with me to remind me of my family's love. They also make great conversation starters.
What do you carry with you as you travel?