Friday, March 19, 2010

Chapter 11; Part 6 - Trips

Sometimes getaways from Harbor View last even longer than a weekend. This past year the ‘Young in Spirit’ club organized a weeklong cruise. Twenty-eight couples signed up for a seven-day journey to the Caribbean.

“Mom, I can’t believe you’re going on a cruise. Most people would be more than happy to change places with you where you are now. Being in Florida for four months is already a vacation,” I said to her one day on the phone.

“I know, but since we’re already down here, we didn’t have to pay for airfare to fly to the cruise port in Florida. It was too good a deal to pass up,” she replied.

Mom talked about her cruise for about a month prior to their departure, and of course began laying out her clothes for it weeks in advance, too.

“Oh, I don’t know what to do, I need a new dress for the formal Captain’s Dinner on the cruise,” she said to me on one occasion.

“Why don’t you wear the dress you wore to Cousin Linda’s wedding last year?” I asked.

“I can’t. I left it at home in Pennsylvania. Who knew I’d need a formal dress down here?”

“But you knew back home that you were going on a cruise this winter. You should have just brought it with you,” I informed her.

“Okay, I’ll be honest with you. It doesn’t fit anymore. I gained four pounds last year in Florida and probably at least two more this year.”

“Mom, what about all of the walking you’ve been doing?” I asked her.

“I guess it doesn’t make up for all of the dinners I’ve been eating out,” she admitted.

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