Monday, March 28, 2011

The Pinkest Party On Earth

What does this sound like to you?

Hotel hallways:  Crammed full of people, some in pajamas. 
Beautiful hotel lobby full of windows:  Empty.
Front desk:  Vacant. 

Need a hint?  Outside: DARK,  Sirens blaring. Tornado warnings.

This was the conclusion of my trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend.

 My mother loves to make the trip 'back home' (so do I), so we put this pink mini-vacation on our bucket list each year.  We had a wonderful time enjoying the great weather, running into old friends...and some of them were really old.  We spent time at the cemetery dressing our family's graves for Easter.   We ate fried fish at Jim Shaw's, a local fave.  We ate boiled peanuts, peanut brittle, and the world's best barbecue at Fincher's.  Our grand finale meal was chicken and dressing, turnip greens, rutabagas, squash, rice, and corn, topped off with banana pudding for dessert! Yes, we ate a lot!

But there was the storm!  When we were out sightseeing it suddenly got eerie still and the sky turned dark charcoal grey.  Rain poured.  It sounded like gunshots hitting the windshield.  Then we saw hail bouncing off the hood and found shelter as fast as we could.  What an adventure!  We eased back to the hotel to find everyone appropriately in a tornado drill huddled in the hallways!  That was a first.

Life is such a treasure and making memories is something we do every day.  These were 4 truly wonderful days with my mom.  She had a ball.  I pray I can enter my 92nd year on the planet with as much 'gusto and go' as she has.  I'm planning on it!


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