1.) A vacation to remember.
The month was February in the year 2005, the time of the year for those living in cold climates that cabin fever is at it’s most unbearable. I was 4 months pregnant at the time and most likely vitamin D deficient and in a desperate way in need of a photosynthesizing experience. My parents must have sensed this because they decided to invite us on a trip to Hawaii with them, my sister and her husband, and my grandparents. They had a time-share on Maui with room for us all. The timing was so perfect that as I sit here once more in a cold climate in the middle of February, the yearning for such another trip, almost causes me physical pain.
This was my first, and so far only, trip to Hawaii. The details are foggy as to where exactly we went, the names of the places we snorkeled, or how many turtles and humpback whales we saw, but the memory of peace, rest, warmth, light breezes, salty air, the sounds of the ocean, the colorful plant and animal life, and the overall feeling of tranquility, overwhelm me and I can almost imagine myself there again.