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I'm Packed and Prepared for a Sentimental Journey

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tomorrow I take off to visit my mom. I fly from Florida to Arizona, join her, and together we'll fly to Cleveland, Ohio. She's 84 years old and in good health. She says the first thing to go is your confidence. It's hard to think of her without confidence. She is a retired college professor and always seemed to me to be the epitome of confidence. I thought she had all the answers. I can hardly remember a time she didn't seem to know - absolutely and without struggle - exactly what to do in any situation. But we originally planned this trip to meet in Ohio. Then she cancelled the trip. A couple weeks later she asked if I'd be willing to meet her and for us to go together. Guess it is time for me to have the confidence for both of us.

One thing I do feel more confident about is the healthy living part of the next 12 days. WATERMELLEN, my great SparkFriend Ellen, suggested I review the Beck chapter on traveling. I just did that today. Beck recommended making a plan and reviewing it every day until and then during your travels. I realize I had already done that and even had a conversation with my daughter about how I would manage my weight and fitness. Last time I took an extended trip with mom, over a year ago, I was not as confident. I took quite a few of my own foods and turned down a lot of what she wanted to feed me. This time I plan on concentrating on the fact that I am pretty successful ordering in restaurants. When we are in relatives' homes and not in control of the selection, I still have total control over portions. I have workout clothes and shoes with me and plan to get some exercise every day, and more when convenient. I think I can do this trip without a gain, but if I come home a few pounds heavier, it won't be the end of the world. I will be able to get back in range quickly.

We are going to Ohio because that is where my mom was born and grew up. I was born there, too, but we moved to Florida when I was young. Some distant relatives are expecting us; we may surprise others. We'll visit the old family farm, schools she attended, the landmarks of her life. I expect it will be a beautiful way to celebrate my mom's beginnings and her amazing life. She calls herself the "little farm girl" who earned her doctorate and got to travel the world!

PS I felt confident posting this info because my hubby will be at home. No empty house here!!
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    Hope you've been having a great trip.

    One nice portable thing for working our is a small 1L water bottle with handle. Two of them make good weights or you can use them on a walk. emoticon

    Look forward to seeing you when you get back.

    Eileen emoticon
    2949 days ago
    I just love this blog. Your mom sounds like a very progressive and accomplished woman. Your closeness to her, makes me feel very sentimental and mushy for my own mom. We were the best of friends; she was a wonderful blessing for me.

    The apple does not fall far from the tree. I can tell you have your mom's determination, grit, self assurance, and love for life and family. Enjoy this time with your mom. emoticon
    2950 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Enjoy, enjoy!!
    2950 days ago
    Have fun, Marsha! My mother was born in Bucyrus :)
    2955 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I LOVED to hear this!! This will be such a wonderful time for the two of you. I enjoy hearing about other people and their Moms. Will so look forward to the blog and photos all about it!
    We all know you will keep your weight in range, you have learned so very well how to be disciplined!
    Enjoy your trip!!
    2955 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Marsha, have a great time and I know you will be doing the best you can with exercise and portion control. You are a great daughter to change your schedule so that your mother is comfortable with traveling to her growing up hommstead, I'm sure she is looking forward to spending a great time with you and revisiting many places from her youth. What nice memories the two of you will be sharing of the past and time together.
    2955 days ago
    Have a great visit with your mom and family! Have a safe trip.

    2955 days ago
    Have a wonderful time with your mom!
    2956 days ago
    What a great trip. Keep a journal and take lots of photos.
    Travel safe!

    Sorry for the duplicate. Everything locked up, when it unlocked there were TWO !!
    2956 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2011 9:02:22 PM
    What a wonderful trip! Keep and journal and take lots of photos!
    Travel safe!
    2956 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    What a wonderful things to be able to do. I am sure you will do fine and this is vacation, so enjoy yourself and don't stress out over everything. I lost my mother at 19 so I envy you still having your mother.
    2956 days ago
    I hope the trip is eventful only in the respect of enjoyable things - and I do hope you have lots of enjoyable events! The memories of this trip will bring you much pleasure in the coming years. How lucky your Mom is to have to do this with her, and how lucky you are that your Mom is well enough to travel. Have a SUPER good time!
    2956 days ago
    Safe journey Marsha - enjoy your Mom - you are so blessed to still have her!
    2956 days ago
    You are so lucky to have your Mom and to be able to make this trip together - have a splendid time together.
    2956 days ago
    This is a wonderful trip to take: and you've got the planning absolutely nailed down!

    We will miss you on line, but you're doing something very special with and for your mother.

    I do think that it's difficult to be a child of highly successful parents with respect to that whole "confidence" thing: would you agree? So sweet that your mother is able to be candid with you about needing to rely upon you now . . .
    2956 days ago
  • TMW54812
    What a wonderful trip with your Mom! I am sure you will make many new memories as you revisit old ones. When my Mom was 75 she wanted to visit Ireland where both her parents were born. Me, my brother, sister and spouses all went for a two week trip we will always treasure. That was 24 years ago, my mom passed 9 years after the trip and my brother this year. We have 3 hours of video and an albumn full of pictures. You can imagine how much they mean to me and my sister.

    I hope you take many pictures and share with all generations of your family. Have a safe and joyous journey!
    2956 days ago
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