When Naturalist was born, a plan was set in motion. It would take almost 12 years to come to fruition, but patience is always rewarded.
The plan was hatched in the mind of my mom, who started planning a grandma/granddaughter getaway for just the two of them. First, she had to wait until Naturalist was potty trained, and out of the terrible twos (which was more like the terrible 2’s -5’s for Naturalist), and able to carry her own luggage, and spend a week away from home without getting homesick, and not whine very much…
My mom decided that this year, with Naturalist turning 12 in a month, she fit all the requirements and so they whisked themselves away for the past week. All Naturalist had to do was pick the destination. It was a tough choice…anywhere in the USA…so many places!!!…but she finally settled on Hawaii.
Off they went, with their matching Hawaiian print bags and smiles on their faces. I was happy and excited for them as they left.
But then, I started getting pictures in my email like this:
with quick notes that said, “Hi Mom! I’m going surfing now! I’ve been playing on the beach all day! Bye!”
And now, I’m only feeling one thing. Pure, unadulterated, jealousy. J-E-A-L-O-U-S-Y.
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