The end of the vacation!

Cocktail Hour

All good things must come to an end and that includes vacations.

My sisters, brother, father and I escaped to the Berkshires for a week. We rent a house on a lake with a dock that showcases the most soothing sunsets. Cocktail hour became a mandatory method to wrap up the day and segue us towards the dinner hour. That hour crept later and later into the night as we lingered on the dock admiring sunsets or lost in conversation.  My father, now unedited by my mother, tells us stories we have never heard before.  Sometimes they are the same as what she told only from a different vantage point.  It is fascinating and a bit bittersweet.  No one in his stories is alive anymore and he alone carries the memories of our earlier history.

Cocktail Hour food

Traveling with a 91-year-old has its own set of rules.  Nap time is paramount as is making sure there is time to sit.  Bedtime is also important but that is easier to keep.  Last year we didn’t pay such close attention and his mind started to slip by the end of the week.  It was frightening.  This year he returned from a week away tired and filled with fun memories. There were cameo visits by my nieces and then we met up with other friends with homes nearby.

Cocktail Sunset

I hope you had a great week.  If we were still on vacation, we’d be toasting the night.
Cocktail Cucumber Drink

Or playing Mexican train with a traveling domino set we had.  We became rather obsessed with it.

Mexican Train

I will post more as the week progresses.  For now, I am back and well rested!



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12 Responses to The end of the vacation!

  1. marydpierce says:

    Sounds heavenly. Nothing like lake-front sunsets and conversation.

  2. Terry says:

    Love Mexican Train!

  3. tw says:

    It sounds like the perfect vacation Mae an done that will hold many more happy memories, just what you all deserve to carry you through to next summer 🙂

  4. LB says:

    Perfectly lovely! Lake, sunsets, dominos, family, cocktails, and stories. I’m so glad you had such a great and restful vacation.
    The photo of the feet is really great, too.

  5. dear Mae,

    so wonderful to read this post about your idyllic vacation. I love your writing especially when it’s about family gatherings. your sweet Dad is so lucky to have you all to tell his memorable stories to, and you all are so fortunate to have him! your photos are beautiful – and I especially like the feet one, too,

    much love and cheers to a happy vacation afterglow,

    Karen xox

  6. John says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation … and, having a soon-to-be 91 year old mother, I know that travel is … interesting. My mom is not a napper. She falls asleep in her chair often, but *refuses* to admit that it was a nap. 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

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