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You Are My Passport

I recently read a wonderful book about an interesting woman who traveled to three countries. Through her stories; I prayed a lot, ate a lot, and fell in love, all in the comfort of my pajamas. What I envied most about this woman was the number of stamps on her passport, more than forty! I live in a small town in rural America. It is a wonderful place to raise children but sometimes I feel disconnected from the rest of the world. I’m not sure that we have forty of anything here; except perhaps the number of cars on the train as it passes by.

I am certain that I have spent more hours of my life traveling in books than I have spent sleeping. I love to explore and learn. As a child, I dreamed of falling asleep in the library, not the toy store. I wanted a house with its own library. It would have shelves of books reaching to the ceiling and a big comfy red chair. The smell of books brings back happy childhood memories. Someday, someone will create a candle that smells like books.

Becoming a mother at the age of seventeen meant for me, that I would work hard and continue to dream in the pages of books. I would travel in magazines and explore the world through the stories of others. World Pulse, I am here, you are my passport! I have been to many countries in the past few days; soon I will have traveled to more than forty.

This is more than an exploration, it is a true journey. My quest is through your lands, your hearts and your souls. Your stories have moved me, inspired me, and humbled me. The most wonderful part is the humor so many of you share. Through all that you have overcome, still you smile. As often as I have been brought to tears, I have also laughed with you. Thank you, my new friends. You are my passport to the world!

(A reflection, original post VOF 2010)

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »


Greengirl's picture

Dear aimeeknight

Your writing is inspiring, just as much as it is fun to read. Loved it, because it had all the trappings of the many creatively written fairy tales and novels I have had the fortune to read! With what you've shared about yourself, I am sure that must also have lots of wonderful stories to share. I like many others I know in this community would also love to travel through your unique stories. Of course I just had a wonderful experience in the that wise. Please keep the stories coming!

Hugs to you my sister and new friend,


aimeeknight's picture

Thank you, Greengirl! I’m

Thank you, Greengirl!
I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my story. I’m happy to be part of your community and to have you as a friend. I look forward to reading your stories as well.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Nabiye Tal's picture

So Touching

Dear Aimeeknight,
Wow, I love your story, is so touching, I agree with you, world pulse is our passport. I am happy to connect with you. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal- Founder/CEO, IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you, Nabiye I’m glad

Thank you, Nabiye
I’m glad you enjoyed taking this journey with me. I’m happy to have you as a new friend!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Pushpa Achanta's picture


Dear Aimee,

Many thanks for your lyrical prose. Continue your surreal journeys. Great to see such rare insights about/from America.

Warmth and love,

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you, Pushpa Traveling

Thank you, Pushpa
Traveling with World Pulse these last few years has been enlightening. I’m pleased that you enjoyed my story.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

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