Shedding of the winter skin.
Sara Towe escapes
to the sun
we went, all aware of this last trip and that we do not spend a lot of
time together as a family any more.
I lay in the water in "The Blue Lagoon" in the Bahamas,
I was thinking, Boy I am getting baked. Tis true, I was baking away
and I did not care. The water was so blue and crisp, the sky surrounded
you like a peaceful blanket, and the air was softly brushing against
my hot brow. I did not suffer long as I used aromatherapy to combat
the burn and I was peeling in no time. Paradise? yes. I could have
stayed there for a very long time, weeks, months, but alas duty
called and I had to say good-bye to that wonderful island of blues,
whites and water.
Sailing back to Nassau one could see the big very big Atlantis Hotel,
looming over the city. It stood there inviting you in, but also telling
you that you would have to mortgage your house to stay there. The middle
apartment goes for $25,000-00 U.S. a night. If had that kind of money
to spend I would have a yacht where I could escape to when ever the
pressures of life got to much, like once a week.
I was on a cruise with my family, which took us for only one day to
the Bahamas, and then back to Fort Lauderdale. We had left snow behind
in Vancouver B.C. Canada, and were very grateful to be in 86-93 degrees.
This was the last family away holiday, as my oldest is 19 years old
and my 17 year old is about to graduate and the 13 year old would prefer
to be with her friends.
So off we went, all aware of this last trip and also aware that as we
do not spend a lot of time together as a family any more. That 8 days
all-together was going to be a challenge. We survived well considering,
not to many blowups. When you have so many strong personalities together,
there is bound to be an occasional clash. Driving in the States does
not help, you have to drive so far just to get to the next town, every
thing is a big distance away, and can be quite boring on those long
stretches of flat roads. Do not get me wrong I found Fort Lauderdale
a very pretty place with its palm trees and beautiful homes, but in
B.C. Canada, every where we go there are always trees or mountains and
green areas that just suck you in to their beauty. It makes driving
less of a chore and more of a pleasure.
We were lucky that we sat with an other couple and their three sons
at the table on the cruise, as the four oldest got on very well, and
partied together both on the boat and on land. They are a very nice
couple from Orlando, who introduced us to 'grits', and we had a fun
time with them in
Ft Lauderdale. Thanks Stone family, Robert, Lisa, Randy, Josh and Bobby,
hope we meet again.
In order to get this trip discounted, (haha) we had to attend a seminar
at the Radisson Hotel on Singer Island. It is a sales pitch, they want
you to buy a time share room at the hotel, and then you can have discounted
holidays any where in the world. We bought into it, the young girl Maria
was very persuasive, and it is a very good idea. Having children of
travel age and desire, we saw it as an inexpensive way for them to travel,
$129-00 U.S. a week with in North America and $169-00 international.
But alas when we got back to the hotel and read the fine print and translated
it into Canadian dollars, it just was not feasible at this time, so
we cancelled the dream, but grateful that we were introduced to it,
because we will seek another location closer to home.
Food, boy did I miss our Chinese food, and the prices WOW, for each
meal we had there we can have 2-3 excellent meals here. We are so spoilt
here in Canada, our dollar may be weak but what we can get with it is
not. We eat well here and we are close to so much, and we have such
a diversified way of living that there is always something to do and
to go to. I love going places, to see to experience, to enjoy, but I
love coming home.
I must admit sunshine does make life a lot more pleasant do deal with,
I sit here now with the rain falling outside and the sun beating down
on me in that blue lagoon as just a fading memory. Sigh!
But work has to be done, my web site is almost up and ready, and my
business is officially about to launch, so lots to do and prepare for
plus I have a furry new baby coming to my home. Kokomono Gifu will be
joining us tomorrow; she is an 8-week border collie with a big white
collar of white fur and a white patch over one eye. This means training
and praying that the cat won't kill her, but look at her as a playmate,
a furry sister. Why have I done this now just as I an about to launch
my business? Why get a dog? Well my youngest will be spending a lot
of time alone now with everyone working, so to keep her company and
protected Kokomono will be there for her. Plus when I see clients that
have been through a trauma, a dog has a way of bridging the gap and
putting them at ease.
Gosh there was so much to do before I left for the trip, and it now
feels so long ago, but no matter what I will fondly remember the sun
that day burning away my winter coat and warming my so needy soul. Memories
are what it is all about. In the humdrum of each day, it is good just
to go back in time to a memory that reached in and touched your soul.
No matter what, no one can take away your memories and what it is you
choose to remember is your choice.
Now back to work, and to prepare for Kokomono (my youngest named her)
and realize that our lives are about to change forever once again.
Positive living to you all, and I wish you sunshine in your souls.
© SARA TOWE April 2002
You can visit
Sara's new website at www.positiveliving.ca
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