Feb 25

My mum and stepdad are currently on a fancy cruise ship in the Caribbean. Lucky them. And lucky me I suppose, because I did it as well earlier this month.

She broke her shoulder as I wrote last month, but we still went on a cruise, the three of us and my daughter Nicola. It was a lot of fun and we all had a great time.

The ship my mum is on however is a lot nicer, more modern, but upmarket. The cruise that we did, well, my mum and I did the same one (more or less) more than a decade ago. The ship is showing its age, not to contend it was Hell on a Boat or anything – no terrible smells, strange noises, abusive staff, it was just not top-notch. And obviously I’m used to having top-notch.

It’s been great to spend so much time with my mum, and it’s been great for Nicola to spend so much time with her too. It’s been 13 years since I’ve spent a couple of months with my mum probably, doesn’t that seem strange? Maybe not for those of you who moved away, made your home in another country even, but still, when you think of it like that…
I find that your life sort of stops when visitors come in, you lose your routine, you put other things to the side and concentrate on your friends and family. Which is important of course, and what sort of son would I be if I didn’t look after my mother to the absolute best of my ability? I’m lucky to be in a position where I can be flexible with work and such, I would be a fool not to take advantage of it. We are all getting older, my mum is relatively young still but her health has not been great for years now and her only son is closing in on 50 – ha ha!

Next week Nicola and I are flying to see her in Florida for a few days before she finally heads home so that should be fun. I’ll be in Europe in June but who knows the next time Nicola will get to see her, it was four years between visits for her and her husband Tavares.

Anyway, back to the grind of my daily drudgery. Til next time…
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