Linda and I spent last week in Florida at a wonderful family beach vacation spot called Anna Maria Island just west of Bradenton. The occasion was the celebration of our older son's 40th (yikes!) birthday. It seemed appropriate to return to Florida for this event since he was born in Gainesville, FL. We rented two houses with pools to house our group of 24 (both sons, wives, six grandchildren, friends of the "birthday boy" and their families, and a couple assorted grandma's to help with the kids). A wonderful white sandy beach was only a short walk away. We were faced daily with some very difficult decisions, like should we go in the pool first or go to the beach where our 10 children (including the friend's kids) were alternately building sand castles or floating on the turquoise water of the gulf in groups. There was a break for lunch around noon (nobody was wearing a watch), a few naps (including me), then either a return trip to the beach or an afternoon in one (or both) of our pools. On Wednesday, we took a break for the guys to go deep-sea fishing (one of Kev's friends caught a 135 pound tarpon!) while some of the mom's and kids went on a dolphin-watching tour.
Linda & Carina on dolphin-watching tour
Grandkids and friends at Amelia Island
Sunset at the beach on Amelia Island
My hope for everyone, including PWP's and care partners, is that we will resolve to do the best we can to enjoy and appreciate each day whether we are taking a walk in our neighborhood or on a remote sandy beach. Remember to set aside some time to plan special activities you enjoy with those you love and create memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.