Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Conclusion

20 Oct 2016

It’s Friday. Kevin, Mom, Dad, and I are the only members of the family still here in Hawaii. Right now we’re having a wonderful breakfast at Daylight Coffee in Queens Market. I make a mental note to come back here on our next trip to Hawaii. I have to keep reminding myself that there will be a next trip so I don’t get too sad.

After breakfast we head back to the hotel to finish packing and then meet in the lobby for our drive to the airport. We know this route well after having traveled it a couple of times just yesterday. On the way I make it a point to soak in all the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of this beautiful place.

Arrival and check-in are easy. Thanks, Alaska Airlines, for helping Mom and Dad through security without having to stand in the long line. Thanks also for the easy boarding once it’s time to head out. Once again, we have seats again right across from each other (part of my final planning for this trip). Now I can relax and enjoy all that this trip has brought.

My take-away from this vacation from my everyday course in life is a real sense of the importance of family. It had been almost 30 years since the last time we were all together. I can still hear the voices of my sisters as they laughed together throughout the week. Terri's exuberance for every experience warms my heart. Cindy's stories of our childhood brought back a flood of memories from all that has helped me become the person that I am today. My parents now sitting across the aisle on the plane continue to inspire me to love Kevin. We bought our wedding rings!

I’m sad that our celebration is ending. I don’t want to start crying and am having trouble holding it in. I’m feeling so grateful that we had this time together on such an important event. I hope you have enjoyed reading about it. It’s time for me to move to my next blog series. See you then.

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


 

 

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