About eight years ago my family and I took a little day trip up north to San Simeon, CA to visit Hearst Castle. The idea of a family trip was nice but I had no idea what was in store for me. Perhaps lots of walking, climbing, even mood swings? Oh, did I forget to mention I was about seven months pregnant?
Nonetheless, we had an amazing time. I remember not knowing much about William Randolph Hearst but upon leaving the castle I felt so inspired. I was exposed to something I had never seen or even known about before. Being at Hearst Castle gave me more vision for my life, but more importantly for the lives I was carrying within me.
I couldn’t wait to be able to share this vision with my girls! I, like most parents, desire for them to be as cultured as they possibly can be. I desire for them to know, touch, and feel what is possible for them in this world.
Yesterday, nearly eight years later, I was able to take the same trip with my family and this time, of course, the twins were with us! The expression on their faces when I told them we were going to a castle, was unexplainable but full of joy and curiosity. As we walked through the grand rooms including the living room with European tapestry, the dining room with one-of-a-kind silver and furniture, the entertainment room with statues and gold plated design as well as the extravagant Neptune outdoor pool, I made sure to watch the reality build upon my children’s faces. I made sure to let them know that a man who had a dream and a vision was able to build this estate. I let them know that his legacy still stands today as Hearst Corporation will probably remain forever.
I am thankful that I was able to show them such grandeur vision! Hopefully at this sweet age of seven years old, a little seed has been planted in them that says “you can be and do anything you want in this world”. Time will certainly tell!