I grew up with stacks of bound National Geographic magazines stacked up in my basement as a child. They were black and white and my grandpa had his bound for my dad as a wedding present. My dad, grew up with the love of the whole world in his field of vision, in other words, he loved and was fascinated by all different cultures and ways of life. It was a natural intelligence as well. We’d try to stump him spinning the globe or looking at the atlas. We’d say a city or a mountain range and he always knew where they were. This little boy who grew up reading National Geographic would dream about the adventures that he would have all over the world. Though he fought in World War 2 he didn’t experience traveling out of the states until after he went to school on the GI bill and became an engineer. He explored countries in South America and Canada, but more often than not, our own wonderful country. Much later in his career he was able to visit Australia, New Zealand, Japan and his very favorite place…China. The dreams of a small boy were realized.
The stacks and stacks of National Geographic stand tall in my house also. They are not bound; we have used them throughout our lives for special projects – cutting the pictures to mount on school project boards. This was absolutely forbidden when I was growing up. My dad would always say, “We can’t look back, if we cut them up.” But when I became the parent…this rule changed.
My own children have both yearned for the rest of the world, much like my dad. As adult children they also love the world, and most important to me, the people in it. Thank you National Geographic, thank you Dad.
PS I got my first passport at age 56. My grand-daughter at age 2 has 8 stamps in hers. I hope to at least get 8 stamps in mine, before it is all said and done. Collectively all of my dad’s grandchildren have traveled extensively, not just to sight see, but to help in Haiti, Vietnam, Thailand,Zambia, Peru, Ecuador and India. And it all started with a an amazing magazine in their hand.
PSS Best website possible for kids… National Geographic for Kids , I also love so many of their books for our students…and when they have choice they always choose them!