I truly enjoyed this trip without guilt, no ifs, ands or buts. I gave this time back to myself.
My daughter relieved my mind that was filled with worries, she reminded me to let go of the worries and let in an awareness of the positive possibilities. It was then that I was able to enjoy my wonderful two weeks in Boston with her, my family and dear friends.
Her heart is always open as well as her mind. I learned through her to let in the beauty, let in the joy, let in the richness of life. I guess I did something right raising this beautiful woman!
And what a wonderful Mother's Day trip it was!
• A lovely day in Cape Cod
• A wonderful luncheon with my classmates at DeMaino's and again with my Everett friends.
• Enjoying lunch with Linda and Diane at Linda's home
• Visiting family members, Teresa, Angelo, Maryann, Susie, Mike, Susan, Adele and their spouses, Dolly and Cindy
• Enjoying dinner with friends at Caputo’s
• Going to my daughter’s intense “Kickboxing” class with her at her gym located in Boston (I only watched due to my knee injury and bad back) I was impressed with the instructor, Julie
• A surprise day at a Red Sox game at Fenway! WOW
• I loved “Eastern Standard” restaurant in Boston and “Umberto’s” in the North End.........Oh those panzerottis were soooooooooooooo good. I have to try and duplicate that recipe for sure.
• My daughter made every day so special! She even made her first gravy and meatballs under my supervision. It was a fun day of cooking. We also duplicated the Crudite that we enjoyed so much from the Eastern Standard Restaurant. That needs to marinate for two weeks before eating. Hope it came out good.
• My daughter bought me lovely gifts for Mother’s Day but the gift of herself was the most treasured. I know she spent a fortune on me and would not allow me to take my wallet out.
I tried real hard to visit all of my family members but some plans fell through unexpectedly to visit with Margaret and Tina. Hope to see the ones I missed during this trip on my next journey back as my 50th Class Reunion is coming up soon.
We walked all over Boston, the city I was born in and love so much. My legs were giving in to pain but I was able to endure it with the aid of popping some Advils. Boston still amazes me and always will.
So many times we live our lives doing what others want us to do or what we think is expected of us. This may be practical at work, where you need to fulfill your job duties, but your personal life is different.
As a mother raising young children, cleaning the house, paying the bills, preparing all the meals, purchasing adorable clothes for the children to wear to school, rushing to school meetings, shopping for my elderly mother on the weekends and doing her errands, and did I add, holding down two jobs! All not easy when you are a single parent. Always taking care of the needs of others, you end up neglecting your own interests, needs and desires. Over time, your spirit withers and you feel caught in an undertow of survival.
Being retired now, I look back at my past and admit to myself that I tried to do my very best. I love my children and family.
It takes a long time to stop holding on to the disappointments of the past. I learned to let the moment be, and let life in.
The time to act is when you have the intention. The time to act is as soon as you feel the urge to make a difference.
Life is good!