One Very Special Week

This voyage had been in the back of my mind for years.  One day I would take my young niece on a cruise… just the two of us.  Daydreams come true when you keep them alive, and so this year, the day arrived.

On Christmas morning I surprised her with my plan, and we had six weeks to anticipate our vacation to the Caribbean.  I was looking forward to returning to St. Thomas where I taught middle school 25 years ago.  She was looking forward to visiting El Yunque Rain Forest of Puerto Rico – where she’d planned an imaginary trip for a Spanish class project.

Mostly, I was looking forward to a week alone with this wonderful girl who was days away from becoming a teenager.

On the last night of our cruise I wrote in my journal – “I don’t think the week could have been one ounce better. It has been a dream vacation all the way around.”

We laughed, we talked, we walked on powdered sugar sand beaches.  We took so many photos.

And these are the things I hope she’ll take away from that week on the Eurodam…

The world is a hectic place.  Always remember to reserve a little time for strolling.


Gadgets are wonderful.  But they are no substitute for good conversation over a delicious meal.

Speaking of dinner conversation… some people are very good at it.  Strive to be one of them.


Being constantly surrounded by polite people is a luxury.  Do everything possible to keep your world pleasant and kind.


Beautiful relationships are more precious than rare jewels.  Take time to sit on the verandah and chat with those you love.


3 Responses to “One Very Special Week”

  1. Sandy says:

    The first photo is one of my prized possessions. My mother painted this gorgeous painting of Sapphire Beach… the place where we first lived on St. Thomas. Lizzie and I got to walk this beach together last month!

  2. Kim says:

    This was indeed a trip of a lifetime for her!! Thank you so much for taking her!!! 🙂

  3. Sandy says:

    My pleasure! Truly!

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