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Michelle Obama shared a heartfelt Mother’s Day Instagram post

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Michelle Obama posted a heartfelt Instagram about how important it is for her daughters to travel ahead of Mother’s Day, reflecting on the way she was raised and encouraged to seek out “new perspectives.”

The former first lady posted a photo of herself with her daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, on a trip to Venice, Italy, in 2015.

In her caption, she wrote about her own parents, her daughters, and the important role travel has played in their lives.

She said one of the “greatest gifts” her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, gave her was a chance to explore the world.

“For instance, even though we didn’t have much money, she and my dad cobbled enough money together to send me on a high-school trip to Paris, which opened up the world to me in so many ways,” Obama wrote.

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And now that she has two daughters of her own, Obama said she hopes Sasha and Malia have similar experiences.

The caption reads in full:

“With #MothersDay just a couple days away, I find myself thinking a lot about the way my mother raised me. And even though our family was crammed into a tiny apartment, one of the greatest gifts she gave me was the freedom to explore and develop into my own person. For instance, even though we didn’t have much money, she and my dad cobbled enough money together to send me on a high-school trip to Paris, which opened up the world to me in so many ways. And now that I’m raising kids of my own, I wanted to pass that lesson on to my own girls. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to travel with Sasha and Malia all across the country and around the world—experiences my mother never would have dreamed of back when I was their age. But though the settings may be different, the message is the same, and it’s one I hope mothers everywhere pass on to their daughters—in seeking out new perspectives and reaching outside of our comfort zones, we can discover more about ourselves.”

Obama traveled Europe with Malia, Sasha, and her mother in June 2015. The women visited London, Milan, and Venice, on the week-long trip.

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