Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back! If this is your first read of “Something Special” the format is pretty basic. I’ve chosen to write a personal post, non wedding related, every Sunday about a topic that’s important to me. Got it? Good.
This week my family got a great treat from some extended relatives. My uncle Jim (dad’s brother) and aunt Carol were in Portland for the day as part of this statewide fine art gallery tour that they were going on. So we all went down to spend the day with them. This is significant to me because I have only visited with them three other times my whole life, and one of those I was too young to remember. The other two were at a family reunion at their house in Denver, CO when I was 12 and the most recent was my wedding 4 years ago. They were so excited to meet Olivia and it was such a joy to be able to do this even if it was only for half a day. It seemed so strange to have long distance family in town and only see them for a few hours. But that is the beauty of traveling, I guess, and taking the time to embrace every moment you can even if it’s only for a short time.
Since my sister lives in South Portland, we brought them to all the usual, local tourist attractions, and of course they were packed. A stroll around Portland Head Light, lunch at the Saltwater Grille (they had to have some Maine lobster) and then a dip in the ocean at Willard Beach. It was a beautiful day and even though I ended up with a bit of sunburn, it was completely worth it. The chance to see family is precious and valuable…even if you end up looking like your lunch.
Stay thirsty, my friends.