Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not Limit My Behavior

18 Aug 2016

Getting Mom and Dad to their room and then Kevin and me to ours feels good. We have beachfront rooms and they do not disappoint. As we open the door onto the ocean, the view just takes over. It is beautiful. I’m feeling relieved that everything is going so well, including our hotel for the rest of the trip.

Kevin and I start unpacking and organizing our room. As usual, I get the left side and he gets the right. We are both very neat, and getting the room all worked out is the first thing we usually do. Clothes get hung, and suitcases are placed on the racks. We change into our swimsuits and head straight past the swimming pools and right to the beach. It’s about 4 p.m., and the sun is still blazing in the distance. The water feels cool and relaxing as we both jump in and start swimming out. I turn to see Cindy and Terri arriving at the beach. Cindy sits in a lounge chair. Terri jumps in right after us. She loves water as much as we do. Being in the water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is exactly what real Hawaii is all about.

After our swim, we head back to the room to get ready for the anniversary dinner. I’ve spent a lot of time planning for it. Who says someone with Perceiving preferences cannot be amazing at planning something? We all need to remember that our preferences do not limit our behavior. Even today I made sure we ate lunch early so everyone would be hungry by evening. When I put my mind to something, I can be very good at creating lists and checking things off and coming to closure. I like to say, “Any type can do anything as long as the motivation is there to do it.”

There will be lots of food tonight. Some of us will drink…mai-tais I’m assuming. Then we will finish with cake. Mom and Dad eloped to get married all those years ago. Mom has mentioned a few times over the years that she wished she had a wedding cake. So tonight she will have a wedding cake. She likes pink, so it will be a pink cake. Her favorite song is Only You. The guitarist will be playing that as the cake is brought out. It makes me cry just thinking about it.

Fingers crossed all goes as planned.

If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series:

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