Tuesday, January 1, 2008
What I did on my Christmas Vacation
Eric came home from Japan for two weeks. So we had a party on his second night home so all his friends can have a sighting at least. This is a picture of Eric with Lisa, one of Melanie's friends. Eric was terribly jet lagged the whole time he was home and he was with his friends for a good portion of the time also.
We, and I mean, my whole family, went to visit their grandfather (their dad's dad and my ex father in law) in Florida for 3 days. He lives in a retirement village with assisted living across the street. My ex father in law is 93. I was creeped out at first because I felt like I might be out of place in an old people's place. Well second morning, I met my ex for coffee downstairs and started talking to some of the people there. It was a very enlightening experience for me as I am having difficulty with the aging process myself. My mother died when she was the age I am now so I have been going through all sorts of emotions at the same time that my daughter went away to college and my son moved to Japan to teach English. I started talking to this man of 72, and because I couldnt hear him, I asked if he minded if I moved to his table. He was such a delightful man telling me of how when he was married, his wife didnt like to travel but since she died, he has traveled extensively. I know from my own experience that I can travel alone in a group. Well, my new best friend, Fritz: an ex mailman himself, has traveled to all 7 continents and all 50 states with this group from AAA. I have discovered that I want to be more like Fritz. He has decided to travel and discovered a way to do that. He is young and happy!
One thing that struck me funny or gave me an uncomfortable feeling was the enormous amount of hover rounds. I was amazed at all the different styles they have. You can get your color and style to match your personality. I was also taken back with the walker parking lot that accumulates outside of the dining room that everyone frequents at 4:30pm for dinner. I got a good glimpse of the blue plate special parking lot. So enjoy the pictures!
And please, my babes with balls friends, help me age this gracefully! I love that we finally get together on a regular basis, it has helped with my sanity and the aging process.