Two weeks, and counting. The days on the Calender are slowly getting marked off one by one. Normally I don’t do this. Momma has a Calender at the Nursing home with a bunch of smily faces on it for each day she does good.
My Calender is different though. I have a Bucket List that I’ve had for a few years, and I’ve been marking things off as I get them accomplished. Little things, like swimming in the Ocean (check), watching the sunrise and sunset (check) (check), going to my first Professional Football game (Bears – check), going to a concert (check), and a lot more other things that are slowly getting checked off.
But one of MY major things, is something I wished for since I was about 13 years old, when my Grandmother went for a Cruise around the world. I can’t remember exactly how long the Cruise was but she sent me postcards from every port-of-call that they stopped in.
Now, mind you, by the time I was 16, I had been to so many different countries, that my Passport is still a treasured item with all the stamps from foreign countries. But, I had flown, to most of them and have never had the opportunity to go on a Cruise.
Well, that’s not really true. I had paid for my “first” cruise when I moved back to Illinois, I was going to go on one with My cousin Tracey and her mom Barb, and another friend, but at that time, the Electrician and I were getting pretty serious and I opted not to go. So, I took my refund and held onto hope that EVENTUALLY I would be able to go on a Cruise.
Guess what FOLKS, I got my wish. Yup, here in a few, this woman is going on a 7 day cruise, to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel Mexico, with some truly cherished peeps. Yes, the Electrician, his sister Mary and my Outlaws, will be boarding the Ship (I’ve been told NOT to call it a boat), for 7 blissful days of EATING, cruising and being Happy in the Sun.
I’ve been to the Sewing Alteration lady to have dresses re-sized (thanks to the College student who gave me a dress) AND, I had my wedding dress shortened so I could wear it as an evening gown. Been shoe shopping for some KILLER shoes to match all the Evening wear. I got my hair did today, with some awesome highlights too. Went through all of my clothes to decide what to take and what not to take.
I can’t even begin to explain all the time I have poured over the web-site to see about the “excursions”. I’m thinking that “Zip-Lining” is in order in Jamaica. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it and I think it would be fun.
I’ve lined up the cat-sitter for Ms. Baby (and a back-up just in case). Folks, seriously after everything I have gone through in the past month I can not begin to explain how excited I am to be able to do this trip. The Plus side, I get to spend about 13 days with some of the other people I cherish. Plus, I know that the Farmer and Momma will be okay. Momma is making progress, and I think the Farmer is happy to see me so excited about something. The past month has been hard, on both of us. I only hope he can find something to be so excited about and feel the excitement of a little kid again. Cuz folks, I FEEL like a little kid again, with my nose squished up against the store window, wanting to see and do everything.
Now mind you, My outlaw Father-in-law has told me many times in the past few days while phone-calls are flying between his house and mine, that I’m not really going, and they will leave me behind. I’ve got his ticket already printed out….I told him I could lose it…wink, ya know what I mean? Just kidding Poppa!!!!
Have you ever felt like you were a little kid, and getting a wish come true….well, I feel like a little kid with a WHOLE candy jar…..and man I am excited….