Before my father died he wanted to take one last vacation with the family. Unfortunately he died just a few days before we were supposed to leave. So this year, during school vacation, my family and I decided to take our “Last Cruise” as a family of four. Like the slightly morbid and irreverent family we are, we decided that everyone should go—so we brought Dad. He is small and doesn’t take up much room, so we didn’t have to buy him a ticket. We did bury some of him next to my brother, but he was a wanderer and explorer, so we wanted to honor that too.
So the whole family went on a cruise, and we had a great time. It was really special to just be together, with no distractions or work. We didn’t take too many photos because we were just having so much fun!
We were active most of the trip, trying to avoid the consequences of the open buffet! Mom and I jogged each morning, and twice we climbed the Rock Wall. The first time my mother didn’t make it to the top, so she dragged us back the next day and she rocked it! (Bad pun intended! Sorry!) She made it all the way to the top and rang the bell!
Doing it another time allowed me to try the harder path the second time around.
Elliot and I had lots of sib bonding time. Though I kept getting the evil eye from the single girls because they thought we were a couple. Apparently we don’t look alike as much as we did when we were young!
(Example A: Stone Cold Fox)
Elliot had picked out a shore excursion in Cozumel Mexico that included ATVs and wild animals. I was a little wary at first, but we had a lot of fun.
They were raising money for conservation efforts and we were able to meet some of the species they were trying to help.
In Cozumel, I passed a store named “Deniz” and HAD to stop in. Of course, the owner was Turkish. He had moved to Mexico five years ago. He thought his path in life was set, he was in his fifties and had never been married. But, as it happens, he fell in love with the woman he hired to help run his store. They married a couple years ago–he is 60,she is 35, and they have the most beautiful baby, named Deniz! So I got to practice my Turkish, and he was excited to speak it.
It was a lovely trip, which sounds a little like bragging after hearing about that cruise ship that had to be towed in from sea while the passenger reenacted Lord of the Flies. It was a vacation, and a time to let go and say good bye. As I mentioned previously, we had brought some of my father’s ashes with us. We used this time to scatter his ashes around the Caribbean Sea. We thought he would enjoy it as a (partial) final resting place. So we returned to NH with one less corporeal family member, but some good memories of all four of us on vacation.