The Eagle has Landed. We have arrived in south Florida and what a fun trip. What took us 2 full days would have taken the average bear about 10-12 hours. We had to stop and shop for bargains. Hellooo. We had the greatest time. Now we will settle in for meetings all day long for 4 days. After being away from work for 2 weeks (1st week vacation, 2nd meetings) I will not know how to act once I go back to the regular grind. Thank heaven I love what I do and it is rewarding. If I didn't love it so much I would probably be miserable thinking about having to go back to it all Monday.
We had some great chats all the way down the coast. We saw some beautiful sites and I was able to go by my old neighborhood. It has certainly changed and it made me feel sad at first, I had to remind myself that the memories I have were from 40 years ago and much changes in that amount of time. In fact, I had been craving fish from a favorite restaurant. I kept telling Paula how delicious it was going to be. We rode up and down the street looking for it and when we stopped to ask someone about it...it had closed about 5 years ago. It had been in business for many years, I think since the 50's and it was a shock that it would go out of business.
Another thing that brought me some fond memories was seeing the public library where I worked during high school. My mother would walk downtown to eat lunch with me on Saturdays so I wouldn't have to be alone and I treasure those moments with her. My eyes tear up as I write this. She was the sweetest, loving person and I was so blessed to have her adopt me. I miss her and think of her everyday even though it's been 29 years. We were so close and now I'm thankful I'm so close with my daughter.
We stopped in Delray Beach on the main street downtown and ate at a lovely little restaurant that had Mermaid in the name. We ate outside at a cute little table and had a delicious meal.
The people that were walking around and sitting at the other tables all seemed so relaxed. I needed to get away and see people having fun. I sometimes get caught up in the same old, same old and I feel like it recharges my batteries to be in such a different environment. I hope all my friends and family are having what will be a relaxing and wonderful summer.