07/13/11 Describe A Perfect Meal

Today’s Daily Post prompt is to describe a perfect meal, either something you have experienced or something to hope to experience someday.

D and I got married at Sandals Negril. A week-long stay at an all-inclusive resort that also took care of everything for our wedding at no extra cost: photos, flowers, cake, witnesses, small meal after the ceremony, and a private wedding dinner on the beach.

The food was excellent but it was a combination of factors that made it a perfect meal: the location, weather, time of day, being with my new husband who was also my best friend, the fact that it was our wedding dinner. It was really something I’ll never forget.

Unfortunately this was before digital cameras were a regular thing, so the only dinner photo was taken with my old 35mm and scanned for this post. Still bring back good memories though!

04/21/11 WWYD?

You are told that you have a month to live…what do you do with that time?

My mom had her first battle with breast cancer early in the 90s, and her second just a few years later. My dad would have done anything for her, and for one of her last remissions he decided to take back her to Jamaica. They had vacationed at Sandals resorts a number of times and I think he wanted her to experience some happiness outside the hospital before she died. They had a jacuzzi tub in their room during that trip, and there is a photo taken of my mom in that surrounded by bubbles wearing a million dollar smile. She would have been terribly embarrassed but he had that picture blown up and on display at her funeral; that was how he wanted to remember her, not in a hospital bed hooked up to a bunch machines. He was literally lost without her.

He died less than three years later…they were two halves of a whole and he wandered aimlessly after she was gone until his cancer returned. He wrote letters to my sister and I during that time period that are absolutely heart breaking, yet make you believe that there is such a thing as true love. They were married for almost 40 years, it can happen. I grew up not wanting to be a teacher or nurse but to have that kind of relationship.

Thought for today: hug and appreciate your spouse, your partner, your best friend. Make big smiles with someone you love-don’t wait until it’s too late.