So...we decided to chill out on an 8-day cruise. Where do people go who have just endured a hurricane? Where do you go when construction workers have been in your house for two months? If you're nutty like our family, you want to head out for a tropical vacation!
I decided to do a few blogs about this vacation because it was a blast. It was also a convenient get-away since it left from a port in Galveston which is only minutes from our house.
Our youngest daughter, Stefanie, had been in her senior year of high school when Hurricane Ike winds and a tornado hit our home, ripping our roof apart so that our house became a rainforest environment. Through it all, in spite of the horrendous stress this caused in our lives, she kept up her grades and did a great job. Of the few kids in her high school whose house had been rendered unlivable by the hurricane, she still held her position as Officer on the dance team and remained a Texas Scholar.
To make matters worse, this kiddo didn't have a room of her own; even after we moved out of the RV and back into our house that had plastic draping for walls. We slept on air mattresses for months. For a long while, since she no longer had a room of her own, when she was frustrated, she still retained her sense of humor...she'd pull the comforter over her head and give a muffled yell, "Leave me alone, I want to be in my room by MYSELF!" We'd literally cry and laugh simultaneously.
Stefie has the fortitude of a bull and the wit of a fox.
Since our oldest daughter was doing her own thing away at Texas A&M and enjoying a bit of traveling around with Henry, we decided to let Stefie bring a friend on the cruise. After all, Stefie had just graduated from highschool, she made it through the hell hurricane year with graciousness. She choose one of her little buddies who we adored, but who had never even been out of the state of Texas. We told her that we'd pay her way during the cruise and we even got the girls their own cabin directly next to ours. It was a dream vacation to enjoy after we'd all endured a nightmare at home for too long.
Her little friend came over so excited about being able to go on a cruise. As Deputy Dave and I were lying in bed watching television, she walks in the room with Stefie and tells us, "I have a few serious questions to ask before we go on this cruise because I'm kinda scared."
Deputy Dave and I are understanding because we know she's never been given an opportunity to travel and we have taken our kids all over the place. We were listening.
Then, sweet Kirsten said, "I watched the movie Titanic and that's my main concern...that we will hit an iceberg and wreck or something bad like that...like that Titanic cruise."
Needless to say, Deputy Dave had to drag out a map and explain the difference between a vacation in the Gulf of Mexico warm waters compared to traveling through iceberg waters. She felt assured, until we reminded her that we have sharks. "Just don't thrash around in the water and you might be okay."
We're kind-hearted like that.
Here's your ticket!
And, these photos are of our day in Cozumel. Paradise, pure paradise.
|Disembarking at Cozumel, Mexico.|
|Deputy Dave and Stefie decided to start on their scuba|
diving certifications as Kirsten and I snorkeled.
|After the required lessons...there they go, slowly toward deeper waters|
where I won't be able to see them any longer. Daddy is
holding his baby girl's hand and reassuring her that all will be okay.
|Stefie is hooked on scuba diving.|
|Only bad part is...Stefie barely weighs 90lbs dripping wet.|
Her equipment nearly weighs as much as she does.
|As a mom, this moment brought me tremendous joy.|
Enduring a hurricane was not so bad after knowing
it helped lead to this moment.
|Here I am snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico and loving every moment.|
I'd just been discharged from the hospital four months previous
with a 10x16 tissue transplant...being able to do this brought me freedom.
|Kirsten and Stefie sitting on the cow.|
|Stefie getting to shop in Cozumel, one of her favorite things to do.|
She's getting shot glasses for all of her friends.
|Okay, who is carrying the six-shooter now Big Boy?|
|The three of us are having too much fun.|
In fact, Deputy Dave and I might have to take a cruise after we sell this house so that we can have a nice vacation from all of the work we've been doing to ready the house for sale. Taking a cruise is such a delight because everything is at your fingertips, especially the food, delicious food.
Now that I look at our pictures and am reminded of how exotic we all felt when traveling to these parts of the planet, I am actually tempted to live in a hut. Maybe we can just move somewhere tropical. Maybe we can buy a place with a few palm trees, a bit of sand and fish all day.
Nawww....I'd miss my chickens too much, and my dogs, and the woods, and the creek, and our little lake and the cabin of my dreams is calling for me to make it a reality. Exotic places, you are nice, but you are not home, and, as for the sand, we all know that it can be irritating after a while. Truly so.