Bringing our vacation to a close has created mixed feelings. We enjoyed our time together and being away from home and what all that entails.
The highlight of our vacation was a time for us to bond, as if we were not already close. Nichelle and I spend most of our days together.
I know Nichelle enjoyed going to Namah, Texas, to the Boardwalk and visiting with the stingrays. This experience was huge for her in that her Dad vacationed once in Hawaii and swam with stingrays. Nichelle says that it was not a wise thing to do and told her Dad so.
She wanted to see the new Batman movie after walking the pier and feeding the catfish that was in a pond, so off to the movies we went.
The time we spent in Baytown, Texas, was one of the highlights of our trip. Thanks to my long time friend of 30 years, Daisey.
Would I ever do it again? I am seeking wisdom on it. Only because things did not go the way planned. There is a saying that "the most laid out plan can have flaws".
Perhaps I would change the way we traveled. We went by bus to Houston, and to Dallas. A lesson that I learned on this trip is not to depend on people promises. They will disappoint you. You go expecting one thing and something else happens.
We enjoyed spending time with my 94-year-old Auntie and enjoyed her cooking and her history of the family. She is awesome, doing what she needs to, living alone, in her right mind and she is enjoying this season of her life. I am happy about that. Lastly, we visited where Mom lived for the last couple of years of her life. I left a plaque in Mom's memory at the resident home. It was wonderful reconnecting with the caregivers there and they received us well.
I tried to give the important highlights of our trip, I pray the message will help another grandmother who has a desire to vacation with a grandchild.
Nichelle will have that memory long after I am gone.