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If You Call it “Travel”

I guess you could call it “travel”: I would love to get out of this terrible place where I live and *move* to a nicer place. But most nicer places than here aren’t affordable, plus Hubby absolutely loves it here (if he had a time machine, he’d go back to the 19th Century in a minute); so here we stay.

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I would love to travel, but not this summer, for a personal reason. My granddaughter and grandson will be away overseas, and in Rochester Tech respectively, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible. One relatively close trip I would like to take is with them, perhaps to Washington DC, and a separate trip with my grandson somewhere else. Maybe NYC with my grandson.

I would go to Cuba in the fall if I could, but i’m afraid that is no longer possible, which makes me sad. If overseas travel wasn’t such a hassle, I have the fondest memories of Italy, and that’s where I would go if everything was equal, which it is not.

Come to think of it, I am planning to go to a spa with a close friend this summer for a few days!

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Bert and I went to visit an old friend in the nursing home unit of the retirement complex in which she lives. Wilma is probably about 84-85 by now; she seems to have outlived most of her friends.  She’s an independent, feisty gal, who despite severe mobility issues was living independently in a retirement village until she had a heart attack a few months ago.   Her recovery wasn’t easy, and her subsequent inability to breathe without 24/7 oxygen, plus weakness in her extremities has led to her needing to stop driving, and leave the independent living apartment in her community.  I thought her acceptance of this blow remarkable. She has one dutiful son and daughter-in-law, who make every effort to make her life as easy as it can be. (more…)

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I ran out of fingers counting how many people were surprised that I was spending 2 ½ weeks traveling abroad with my mother. Their reactions were not because we were heading to China or that we opted to forgo an organized group tour.  Their astonishment was that I was spending that much time alone with my mother. Over and over friends said “I could never do that with my mom” and over and over I am so grateful that we made the trip together.

For both of us it was our first trip to China and the wonder of the sites was a huge piece of what made the adventure so special. Yet, it was much more than exploring the amazing temples or watching villagers carry buckets of water from the town well. For me, it was the opportunity to step out of my life and share this suspended time with my 80 year old mother.  We had never-ending fun exploring so many completely unfamiliar places. If you ask me about our itinerary, there’s a good chance I would forget some of the details.  But if you ask me to describe what we did, I could accurately and succinctly say “we giggled and laughed our way together through China!”

In the end, my favorite part of the trip was the solid layer of friendship we added to our mother-daughter connection.  So to any daughters considering a trip with their elderchick mother, or any elderchicks considering a get-a-way with their daughter, my emphatic advice is “take the leap”.  There’s a good chance that along with the new memories from your travels you’ll add a cherished dimension to your relationship.

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