Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane

My dear Husband "Himself" and I are immersed in the chore of packing for our trip to Hawaii and Midway Island for the 70th Anniversary Memorial service of the WWII Battle of Midway.  June 4th also happens to be our twentieth wedding anniversary.  

I usually don't get overly excited about trips.  I have the normal anticipation, then the dread of packing sets in and then of travel, being away from my mini-minions Rupert and Boomer, not sleeping well (I don't do well in strange beds!) and of course the prospect of vacation fatigue.  I find it amusing that while on vacations many people (especially us crazy Americans) tend to over do everything, eat too much, rush around like maniacs and generally just forget to relax.  We try to cram so much fun and "vacation" into each day that we are more tired when we come home than we were before we left.  I'm hoping that my "Crone wisdom" will keep me from doing this.  No matter what, I AM excited about this trip.  I so dearly wish that my father were still alive to share this with us.  I would have loved to be able to take him back to Midway under more peaceful conditions.  I think he would have enjoyed it.

Our transportation problems have been solved thanks to the U.S. Navy.  We will be flying to Midway courtesy of the Navy, leaving Honolulu at  Midnight on the 3rd and not returning until 1AM on the 5th.  A very long day indeed but worth every lost minute of sleep in order to in some small way honor all those brave men who fought and died during the battle. 

I will be back and hope to write about our experience mid June.  Please check back then.

Le Petite Crone says:  I'll be back!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mothers, Fathers, and Husbands

Yesterday (Sunday May 13th) was Mother's Day.  I had wonderful conversations with my Son, my Daughter-in-law, and my Step-Daughter.  It's nice to be remembered and thought of.  The weather here on "The Peninsula" was stellar.  It was warm and sunny; a rare event to be sure (we've had over 47 inches of rain so far this year!).  My dear spouse "Himself" and I had a BBQ and to be honest I ate way too much.  My diet for our 20th anniversary trip to Hawaii was temporarily forgotten.

I thought quite a bit about my Mom yesterday.  She died over twenty three years ago of lung cancer from smoking.  I was not as close to my Mom as I believe my little sister was.  I was always closer to my Dad.  My Mom once told me (I was around 6 or so) that "she had always wanted a cute little girl like Shirley Temple, but she got me instead!"  I always felt as if I was somehow a disappointment to my Mom.  I was never "girly" or cute...even though she tried to make me that way.  I was always more interested in my Dad's war stories, knives, guns, horses, dogs and other non girlie sort of things.  My Mom and I never really "talked" like I did with  my Dad.  My sister on the other hand was always very girly and I know my Mom was more pleased with her.  Heck, my sister was a cheerleader in school...something I'd never do even if my life depended upon it!  Mom was always so proud of her cheerleading.

Even though I wasn't as close to my Mom as I could have been I do miss her and wish she could see me now.  I'd love to have those conversations that I never had.  There are so many things that I'd love to ask her.

I have to admit that I'm very much like my Dad.  We had similar personalities, likes and dislikes.  When my dear spouse "Himself" and I got married we picked June 4th because it was the 50th anniversary of the WWII Battle of Midway.  My Dad was on Midway with the U.S. Marine Corps Second Raider Battalion during the battle.  It was a way for us to honor his service and sacrifice during the war.  This coming June 4th is our 20th Anniversary and we hope to be on Midway for the 70th Anniversary Memorial.  There have been a few problems with transportation but we are still hopeful.  Only sixteen more days till we are off to Hawaii.  I'm looking forward to the trip.
My dear spouse "Himself" is nothing like my Dad.  He is sweet, slightly innocent and gullible.  He's my rock and keeps me stable and sane (though you may doubt that reading my blog!).  He's a good man and I love him dearly.  He makes me laugh each and every day.  I wish my Mom could have met him.  I think she would have approved.

 I guess I'm feeling nostalgic.  I've been thinking about my parents because of Mother's Day and our upcoming trip to Hawaii and Midway.  My son posted the following on my facebook page. 

True words indeed.  As I've aged and moved into my Crone years I have, too late, realized what I had and what I've lost in my life...however I do know what I have now with my dear spouse "Himself".  Life is a journey and it's what you learn and how you apply that knowledge.

Le Petite Crone says:  Take a moment and appreciate those loved ones in your life.