Many years ago, my husband and I had the good fortune to visit our 50th state. My mother-in-law stayed at our home with our young children. I wrote about the trip here, but I was recently reminded of it again when I came across a letter I had written to the family. Reading it brought back wonderful memories. Thought you might enjoy it, too.
Dear Nanny and Children,
You would not believe the beauty of this place! This hotel is supposedly the largest resort hotel in the world. It’s fabulous! But the real beauty is the island itself. The weather is perfect. There's a constant wind that changes suddenly from a soft, warm breeze to a body-tugging gust, but it isn’t humid. There is none of the sticky, salty air that you normally feel at the seashore! The ocean and sky are the bluest blue you've ever seen! It's indescribable! We're taking lots of pictures.
I’m afraid I didn’t bring the proper shoes. My feet are swollen and painful from so much walking, but I’m not letting it slow me down – too much to see and do!
The coconut and pineapple drinks are scrumptious and the food, heavenly! Bet I’ve gained ten pounds, but, the Hawaiians measure the beauty of their women by how big they are—the fatter, the more beautiful—so I’m safe while I’m here, at least. (Smile)
The time change is hard to get used to. I was sitting up in bed at 4:30 this morning eating a candy bar and drinking a cup of tea. After all, it was 10:30 at home. Then I had watermelon, pineapple juice, beef hash, poached eggs, muffins and coffee at 7:30! See what I mean about getting fat? I could really get used to this life!
The only thing that would make this a more perfect vacation would be to have every one of you here with us, including Sammi (Yorkie). Toney, you would go crazy over the clothes – so colorful and bare! Here, they call girls in bikinis, “turkeys” (a lot of meat and a little dressing)!
I pray that all is well at home. I can’t wait to see everyone again! Take care and look for us around six or seven Wednesday evening.
Hugs and kisses to all. We love you!
Mother and Dad~