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Wonderful Trip

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The trip down memory lane met every expectation I had. My mom remembered a great deal about her childhood, showing me the farm she grew up on and even the farm where her mom grew up. She told me some great stories I hadn't heard about her family and some of the stories I had heard over and over meant more when I saw the locations in which they occurred.

We spent some time at a lake my grandfather helped to "build," with 11 other men, all dredging with their teams of horses to make a dam around 1932. It is beautiful. We visited distant cousins on her mom's side and her dad's side. There are only 2 of her generation left and we saw them both. We visited several of her classmates and saw schools she attended, as well as the school I attended from kindergarten to fourth grade.

I did not enjoy the driving. Living in Florida I'm used to straight, flat roads and when I'm on the interstate I know which lane to get in and where to turn. My mom's old homeland is rolling hills, with twisty roads. It was beautiful, but I couldn't always look as I was trying to get us to where we were going in one piece. Getting around the airport in the city was challenging, too. Nonetheless, it was all worth it.

One bonus was that we got to see the leaves changing without having to endure any really cold weather. It rained a few times, but even on days it rained, the sun came out for part of the day and it was just gorgeous. I don't think it got under 50 degrees the whole time we were there. I got to walk every day, usually in a spot of great beauty. Unfortunately my cough was bad throughout the trip and I decided not to run. Hope I can shake the cough in order to train for my next 5K in 2 weeks and 10K in 6 weeks, but I'll just do the best I can. I suspect I really need to study immunities and make an effort to build mine as I've had 3 colds this summer that has really messed with my exercise plans.

I felt very good about my eating 9 of the 12 days, and not bad 2 more days. One day I really blew it, letting myself get too hungry and then having no good choices. I think I'll wait a day or two to step on the scales to let any sodium weight dissipate and then I'll see what action, if any, I need to take.

I sure wish my mom didn't live half a continent away, but I sure am glad we shared this very special time together.
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    That sounds like an awesome trip for both your mother and you. I call it "building memories on memories". Now you know a bit more about your heritage. You can now share more with your own daughter and granddaughters. That is priceless.
    2874 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    Sounds like a wonderful trip!
    2875 days ago
    how wonderful you still can visit with your Mom!
    2875 days ago
    What a blessing to be able to share this with your mother! Hope your cough goes away soon ... If it's hanging on for 10 days, perhaps you need to see the Dr?

    2875 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sounds like a wonderful trip and something you will treasure in the coming years.

    Don't work too hard if you don't feel good-a lot of stuff going around. Several friends have been pretty sick and now DH has a cough so hoping he isn't getting sick.

    2875 days ago
    Sounds incredible! What a gift you have given your Mother.
    2875 days ago
    Welcome back: glad you had such a great trip, sharing and building memories with your mother.

    And: time to ensure that you're getting enough rest/vitamins to sustain optimum immunity . . .
    2876 days ago
    What a gift to both your mother and yourself! I'm so glad it was a great trip; sharing old memories and making new ones; it doesn't get any better than that!
    2876 days ago
    It sounds like it was a great trip :) I'm a true flatlander myself -- I love mountains, but the embankments further north (not to mention hairpin turns and dropoffs of a thousand feet on the other side of the guardrail... yipes!) just give me the willies.
    2876 days ago
    Glad to hear your visit was an awesome one. Take care. emoticon
    2876 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Welcome back!!
    Sounds like a fabulous trip!! So glad you had the opportunity to share this special time with your Mom!
    That is of concern you are getting sick so frequently.. Do make sure you are getting enough C in your diet, should not be hard where you can enjoy such fresh fruit..Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and sleep and not running yourself down..
    Nice to have you back!!
    2876 days ago
    what a great trip. The lasting memories you both made together.
    2876 days ago
    Just awesome that you could do this with your mother. So glad you enjoyed yourself.
    2876 days ago
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