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Travels With My Mom

(by Aimee Lee Ball)

The modest circumstances of my family did not lend themselves to foreign travel. We had a comfortable life—nice clothes, plenty of food, a house in the suburbs—but neither of my parents had traveled abroad. My dad’s service in World War II was as a pilot trainer on a U.S. Army Air Force base, and he died (much too young, goddam cigarettes) having never been to Europe.

I determined to explore the world as soon as I could afford it, and also determined to show it to my mom.