On this day, I’d like to show my appreciation to my mother. Since today is Mother’s Day it is the perfect way to share some highlights from her recent trip to the UAE. Having her here was one of my top 5 experiences because she had the opportunity to experience life, as I do in Abu Dhabi. I often share my observations about being an expatriate with my mother, but upon arriving she make her own observations about Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
My sisters and I surprised my mother with this trip to show appreciation for her daily sacrifices. As she updated me on her travels I could not help but feel extremely worried about her getting here safely. For a second I experienced the worry my parents do when I travel internationally. Often, I will call my parents from another country and realize that I failed to expose my travel plans beforehand. I was selfish and did not understand how they felt until she was en route.
While here I showed my mom my favorite places to eat, I took her to my school and one of my classes threw her a party. We celebrated Mother’s Day (UAE version) and took trips to Dubai and Al Ain. This was the longest uninterrupted one on one time I have had with my mom in a while and I greatly appreciated it. Below are some of our highlights!