Every now and then…I close my eyes….. pretend. Suddenly I’m far away…. Sailing free…… Far above the pain and the senseless games we play… My mind is on a holiday. God, it feels so good…. Good to get away…. Always good to get away…. J S 8/89
Ever felt like you just needed to get away from it all for awhile? You know, catch a little quiet time to sort things out and get your head together. We’ve all been there from time to time. I’m there now. I’m in dire need of a little break in the action, a time out. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not stressed out or on the verge of going postal or anything like that, but I definitely need some time to reflect and chill. I just haven’t been myself lately. You know how it is when you feel life breathing down your neck, you find yourself on the defensive, tense, edgy and easily agitated. Yep, that would be me, just call me Mr. Cranky!
For the last few weeks I’ve been spending much of my lunch time caught up in a euphoric daydream of a pleasant Hawaiian escape. You see I have a large poster of the picture above hanging in my office. When I’ve finished eating I turn off the overhead florescent, sit back, put my feet up on my desk and gaze at the poster, taking it all in. After a few minutes I close my eyes and imagine myself kicking back in that hammock, feeling its rough texture against my back and the warm sea breeze in my face, listening to the gentle rhythm of the ocean waves, enjoying God’s creation, totally in the moment. Then the bell signaling the end of 5th period and my lunch break rings and just like that, I’m snapped back to reality.
I love Hawaii, especially Maui. For years I never wanted to go and told my wife there were still many places here on the mainland that I would like to visit first. But she was insistent, so in November of 98 for our 25th wedding anniversary we went to Hawaii and spent 2 days on Oahu and 5 on Maui. It was so beautiful and peaceful! I fell in love with the islands immediately. After seven days in heaven I vowed to return and six months later we went back for 14 days. It was incredible! I didn’t want to come home.
I like to call our excursions to the islands “Budget Hawaii” as I always spend hours and hours searching for the best deals on lodging, flights and rental cars to make our travel more affordable. We’ve been fortunate enough to return to the islands three more times in 04, 07, and 08. We also had planned a trip in 05 but that is when my wife was in her battle with cancer and we were forced to cancel. Our 07 trip was in celebration of her victory. Sadly, we haven’t been back to the islands since July of 2008 when we went to Kauai. I can’t tell you how I long to return. Unfortunately there is no Hawaii in our future this year, maybe with a little luck and good planning we can go next year. I hope so.
We are getting away this summer. We’re going to Sedona with two couples who we’ve been vacationing with for awhile now. They are very close friends and we alway have an awesome time together. Sedona is an incredibly beautiful place. The red rock vistas at sunset are breathtaking! There is something mythical and spiritual about Sedona. It’s a great place to relax and escape the chaos of the rat race for awhile. We were there two years ago with one of the couples and had a great time. I’m so looking forward to going, but it’s still two months away!
Summer vacation begins on June 17, that’s only about five weeks away. Maybe then Ray and I can get away for a couple of days. I’m thinking the beach. Yeah, a nice sunset stroll along the waters edge in San Diego, Santa Barbara or even further north, sounds perfect. Until then I guess a few escapes to our local AMC might help and I’ll just have to content myself with my little Hawaiian mind trips at lunchtime.