Loretta and Ben in Hawaii

Hawaii on my mind

Loretta and Ben in Hawaii

Loretta and Ben near Wakikii Beach

We were leaving for vacation this evening. Instead we are on a different trip. Her bags were packed (for the last two and a half weeks). Loretta started saving last year and when she had enough for the airline tickets, we bought them. Then it was hours of searching for just the right condo to rent. And when we had the initial deposit we grabbed it. She was a flurry of activity in preparation for the trip. Backyard weeds pulled, check. Closet organized, check. Snorkel gear purchased, check. Bag packed, check. Lawn mowed, check!

Loretta loved Hawaii. She loved the water, swimming and snorkeling. We began taking vacations to the Islands when Ben was just a toddler, barely able to walk. Our trip is cancelled. Something came up. We’ve had to make other plans. Ben and I decided that this was mommy’s trip, and we just can’t go without her. We’ll go another time. Later.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. — John Lennon


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