We're going on a road trip soon.
We'll end at the ocean and we'll celebrate a dear friend's wedding in the sand.
We're packing light and renting an economy car to make the trip.
Today my Mom and Dad had a Memorial Day cookout with all our of family. And before I left our house I boxed up a bunch of my plants for my Dad to care for while we're gone. I also brought some plants I grew from seeds for my parents and grandparents.
(I'm really starting to sound like a hippy.)
My Grandma told me she had a small gift for me, and I told her I had one for her too.
She gave me a card from her and my grandpa with a bit of money for our trip.
Then she told me a story about when she was my age with her babies and how they were out of cash and ATM's weren't around... how they wanted to take a boat ride but all they had were checks. Then she just happened to find a five dollar bill in her wallet... and they got to go on their boat ride. She said, "You should always have a little cash on you."
I gave her the "tickle me" plant I grew from seeds. She loved it, said she'd never seen anything like it. I told her every grandparent should have one.
Later when I was unpacking our things... and I re-opened the card to re-read it again (I always rush reading a card in front of someone, it's a bad habit) I finally noticed the total she gave me. It was much more than I had thought or ever expected. I called her and said, "Grandma, holy crap... that was very kind and generous." She laughed and said, "I didn't think you noticed how much was there." I thanked her again and promised an awesome post card (sounds lame, but I have an iphone app where you can take a photo and send it as a post card).
I'm excited for our trip. I'm excited that others are excited for us. It will be full of memories... and I hope the typical road-tripping excitement.
I can't wait to smell the ocean again.
Smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. I remember landing in New Orleans and opening the airplane doors and I could just smell the ocean. The air was so different. I always took a deep breath in Louisiana.