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It Wasn't Meant to Be

Monday, April 28, 2014

In April of 2013, my dear husband gave me a weekend in NYC for my birthday. We used to go up at least once a year, but had not been in 4 years due to various reasons. Needless to say, I was very excited! However, the Saturday before the weekend we had booked, my precious father died. We had insurance on the Broadway tickets and were reimbursed. We sent a copy of Daddy's obituary to the airline and were given a year to use those tickets.

The year was about to escape us, but we managed to sneak in under the wire with a planned trip this past weekend. We were to leave for the airport at 630 Friday morning. At 130AM, my husband awoke terribly sick (he had come home from work early on Thursday feeling feverish and generally "yucky" - something he never does.) He was sick (GI) all night. We evaluated our options throughout the night. Finally at 6AM, he said, "I don't think I can make it."

I called and cancelled our flight and hotel reservations. Because he wasn't hospitalized with proof of illness, we suffered full penalty on our prepaid reservations. A major OUCH!!!

There are no 24 hr drugstores or grocery stores near 'The Other Place' we live, unlike our hometown with 3-24 hr stores on every corner. I was at the drug store when it opened at 9AM, purchasing OTC solutions and GatorAde. By evening, he was fine.

We took in a movie on Friday evening, went for a 3 mile hike in a nearby state park on Saturday, went to church and had the kids over for lunch on Sunday, followed by an hour walk and another movie that evening.

If I put on my rose-tinted, Pollyanna glasses and momentarily forget the mucho-bucks we were penalized for cancelling our plans, I can honestly say we had a great weekend.

We WILL get back to NYC soon. I do love that town!!!
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  • KSCHRAUT
    Your attitude about this is really inspiring. I have a hard time with that when things don't go the way they are supposed to. I do, eventually, come to terms with how things play out, but it takes me awhile. I hope you do make it to NYC, soon!
    1627 days ago
  • SWDESERTLOVER
    I am so sorry you had to cancel your plans, but how wonderful that you were still able to enjoy your weekend. Hopefully you will make it back to NYC in the near future. Hope you're having a good week now.
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    1630 days ago
  • MICHELELYNN777
    I am so disappointed for you as I know how much you were looking forward to your trip to NY. I'm glad Jeff is feeling better which is really what matters. I am so blessed by your attitude about it~a definite reminder to me that I'm not in control and things happen for a reason even when I don't understand that reason. Glad you were able to have a great weekend despite the change of plans. I hope you will get to NYC very soon :)
    1630 days ago
  • RAYLINSTEPHENS
    I'm so sorry your plans were cancelled again - but you're health (and that of your DH) really is more important than all the $$ in the world.

    Maybe next time....
    1631 days ago
  • SHOAPIE
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  • BILL60
    At least you had a super time. The best of luck on your next attempt at the Big Apple.
    1631 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    Wow that does seem like the fickle finger of fate intervened TWICE. Your attitude is great, sounds like you had a great weekend, and you will make it to NYC when the time is right!
    1632 days ago
  • CLAIREINPARIS
    I am so sorry you couldn't make it to NYC, twice! And sorry your husband was sick too. But very glad he is better, and that you had a good weekend at the end. Your positive attitude is an inspiration!
    1632 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Glad Jeff is feeling better, but, so sorry you missed your trip. I have an idea he will get you there soon. Maybe you should just drive instead of flying. Your weekend sounded like fun and I would love having one like it! emoticon
    1632 days ago
  • KATHY98665
    Great attitude! So sorry about your dad, and then the disappointment of missing your trip ( again! emoticon )

    Putting a positive spin on things can really make a difference. Hope you make it to NYC soon. I have never been, but hope to some day....
    1632 days ago
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