May 14, 2009

A Delightful Mother's Day in Boston!

Mother's DayIt seems like all of us Widows make our solo trip straight to the comfort of our children and friends. Back home visiting with children is a safe haven with fewer unknowns. The visit is always consoling along with the security of being enclosed in caring arms.

PlaneMy flight up to Boston was a flight from hell with a three hour delay and a very turbulent flight. Yes, I had my rosary beads in my hands!

There is something about that New England air that makes me sleep like a baby!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I was showered with beautiful gifts. Rhonda prepared a fabulous dinner for all of us. She is the Hostess with the Mostess!

My son and daughter have so much energy and I think they forget I’m getting older and can’t keep up with the pace! LOL My son, daughter and I spent a great day that included a picnic on the beach in Salem. We discovered Winter Island located in Salem which we had never been before and there were very narrow trails….up hills and down steep hills…scary for me….these old bones can’t chance a fall plus my lower back was hurting.

However, it was very enjoyable even for the fainthearted like me that thinking of doing something a little more courageous is usually not in my daily schedule. Most times, I sit on my duff and feel safe or get off my duff and feel scared! I guess we all have our own level of courage when we get older. My son claims that since I live in Florida, I’m used to walking on flat ground all the time! No inclines whatsoever. LOL This is true if you think about it.

Winter Island is the type of place to spend a sunny afternoon exploring. It's got enough nooks and crannies and so many was too steep for me to travel so I begged to take another route back........I'm a wimp!

We also took in a short movie featuring the historical Salem! Walking in and out of quaint little shops with Saks Fifth Avenue prices! Gosh, I lived in Massachusetts for 44 years and I have never had the time to visit these places when I lived there! It is a warm feeling instead of the huge Malls we are accustomed to today. But, they all have those strong scented potpourri in each store…….wasn’t great for my allergies.

We enjoyed many restaurants, so many laughs creating a recipe for a wonderful trip.

I also had the pleasure of having lunch with my former classmates that I have not seen many of them since 1962. They wanted to thank me for creating and maintaining a separate Blog for our class! I was flattered with the wonderful speech a dear friend recited with such kind and complimentary words. Of course, I was fighting back the tears!

My flight home was so pleasant…small world…I was sitting aside of my girlfriend’s sister. The company and conversation made the flight pass by quickly. But, my luggage was damaged and a note inside stating they checked the contents of my baggage! Oh, the thoughts of someone rummaging through my personal belongings makes my skin crawl. So, the germ-a-phobic me washed everything……even articles of clothing that I didn’t even wear during my stay.

I did report my damaged luggage to the Airlines. I’m sure that will be a long drawn out claim form, etc.

My children keep me on the go everyday in that I'm back home.........sigh! The slow pace of life is back and makes me lazy again. I enjoy being on the go even with my bad back.

I hope all Mothers enjoyed their special day like I did.

P.S. I feel younger with my new hair color and cut............Jimmy, you are the best! I received compliments from total strangers in the Wharf Restaurant where the luncheon was held with my classmates. The Hostess at the restaurant asked me if I was a hairdresser because my hair looked so fabulous.....she also asked if I had a business card to hand out...which of course I did have and proudly handed my son's card to her.

PSSSSS. I just got an email from Thommy:
"Rose, I think you missed someone out of your nice to sees!!!!!!" Forgive me Darling! I guess the caffeine didn't kick in when I was composing this entry. Of course, I always adore seeing know that don't you???? Yes, you do!


  1. This is a great entry Rose. Glad you had such a wonderful time. We have experienced something along the lines you mentioned. Not visiting places close. We will drive 1000 miles to visit a small town museum and not the great ones near home.
    WE are packing our backpacks to head to the North East, just can't wait. And you are right we in Florida do walk with out much incline. Glad you made the climb, and had the experience.
    Enjoy the compliments!!!!
    TAke care down in the flat lands.
    Jack & Sherry

  2. How wonderful that you got to see your children and visit old friends. That sounds like a perfect mother's day to me. I know about taking it easy on those inclines when hiking. I have to do the flat ground at the campground. My SIL usually gives me a ride back up the hill where the campsite is. I don't have back troubles so much as knee problems. That is part of getting older I guess. 'On Ya'-ma

  3. so happy to hear you had such a lovely time!

  4. Rose, I'm so pleased to hear that you had such a great time! Even with all the hiking, I can tell that you enjoyed yourself, and enjoyed seeing your kids! Hugs, Beth

  5. Hi Rose,

    Thank you for stopping by and saying hello on my blog! A fellow Bostonian I love it! I travel to Florida Every January for vacation but love coming home to our four seasons (not just hot and hotter). I am glad you had such a nice mother's day with your kid's, I have not been to Salem for ages! I love your hair color it is very becoming. Well you will be seeing more of me visiting you. Have a wonderful day!

  6. It sounds like the perfect Mother's Day. My children are in Portland, OR, and when we go there it is much the same - go, go go! LOL! I guess I wouldn't have it any other way - but I do like getting back to my routine and quiet time. Is that our age??

    My husband is after to me to start hiking again - at 7,000 ft! Talk about uphill!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. Rose, you make me homesick for New England and the north shore.


  8. Peeked into your blog and love it. Like reading a good book. I will be back!