Feb 9, 2011

Balancing Acts

We're home again after a hastily planned trip to Florida. I wish I could say that it was an impromptu vacation but it wasn't. We went to squeeze in just a little more time with my M-I-L. She talked to each of my girls and my husband privately and they said what needed to be said. Mostly we sat around talking about better times and looking at old pictures.

It was a really hard trip and it could have been overwhelmingly sad if not for serendipity in the form of other relatives who were in town at the same time. I am so thankful for them.


We saw my Aunt and Uncle from Canada who winter in Florida. They're always fun and we don't get to see them nearly enough. Bruce's step-mother was in town visiting her friends and we enjoyed breakfast with her on her birthday. We also saw Bruce's sister and step-brother who were in town for the same reason we were.


Balancing the sadness with better times is what get's you through so it helps when a trip like this takes you away from the bitter cold to weather where it's warm enough to swim. Spending a while in an airport is good too. The people watching is fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the wome who looked like she was wearing a big, puffy, croissant on her head... until she turned out to have the seat right in front of Stinkette who stifled giggles through the whole ride.

Best of all was DQ's ride home. She wound up seated between an elderly woman who thought my girl was lovely because she helped her open her snack and a guy who looked like a football player. He was in his mid to late 20's and chatted with DQ all the way home about life and how he was an event planner and could get her into parties the next time she was in Florida. I'm guessing he never imagined that his seatmate was 15! Thankfully my girl has a good head on her shoulders and told him that she doen't have access to FB.


JessaLu said...

I'm sorry to hear that you all are going through this - but glad to hear that you found some happy in with all the sad. *hugs*

Carole Knits said...

I'm glad you found some peace and joy in this visit. I've been thinking about you.

Manise said...

I second Carole's sentiments. Glad there was laughter mixed in with all the sad.