Ms. Baldwin first visited Spain along with her mother and father when she was a child, she stated, and she or he went at the very least yearly thereafter. She declined to clarify intimately how ceaselessly they traveled there or how lengthy they stayed. “I think it would be maddening to do such a tight time line of everything. You know, sometimes there was school involved. Sometimes it was vacation. It was such a mix, mishmash, is that the right word? Like a mix of different things.”
When the household visited Spain, they spent a lot of their time in Madrid, Seville and Valencia, she stated.
When they have been at residence in Boston, Ms. Baldwin stated, the household spoke Spanish and cooked Spanish meals. Family associates from Spain would usually stay with the Hayward-Thomases for prolonged stays when visiting the United States. “When we weren’t in Spain, we called it ‘we brought Spain into our home,’” she stated.
Ms. Baldwin’s older brother, Jeremy, moved to Mallorca, a Spanish island within the Mediterranean. Mr. Thomas and Dr. Hayward moved there as effectively in 2011.
These experiences clarify why the Spanish language, tradition, meals and conventional dance are so necessary to her id, she stated, and she or he and Mr. Baldwin are working to recreate this for his or her youngsters. “I send them to a bilingual school where they have Spanish in school and I speak to them in Spanish at home.” After the pandemic, she stated, she and Mr. Baldwin plan to spend extra time with their youngsters in Mallorca.
“My family, this is where they’ve decided to spend their lives,” she stated. “I guarantee you they are going to live there and they are going to die there. That’s their home and that’s because this is not something new, no one put a map up on the wall and threw a dart at it and said, ‘Oh, Spain sounds good.’”