Yes, Spring Break was exacly the same experience I remember as a child: fun, restful, too short. But this year, there was something a little different. There was an air of peace and thankfulness around me.
It all began with Women’s Weekend in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Imagine 30 women, neverending food, and two coolers full of jello shots. We hiked, toured the Falling Water estate, played charades, had a baby shower and pretty much laughed non-stop.
I am grateful to my Aunt Mary for including my step-mom,Wendy, and I in her group of fabulous friends. I’m pretty sure I added several wrinkles due to all the smiles! I am also very thankful to Wendy, because without her, I would not have been able to afford the plane ticket to get there. She would never say so, but I am in debt to her. I want to show her the same generosity she has given to me.
After Women’s Weekend, I did something completely out of character. I got my first tattoo. Most of you don’t know this, but I have wanted one for many years and was finally brave enough to do it. At first, John didn’t want me to get it because he thought I would succumb to some horrible disease. After relieving his fears, I was then worried people would think less of me. Finally, I decided that if a tattoo would make people doubt my character, they weren’t worth knowing anyway. My last fear was of the pain. Then I realized that I have given birth, so surely I could handle a tiny needle!
I got a small cat paw with a heart inside to help me remember Morris, my beloved tom cat, who has been missing for several years now.
Even though it was on my foot, thankfully, it didn’t hurt as much as I had imagined it would. The tattoo artist was very patient with me and answered all my questions. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to get the next one! The remainder of my Spring Break was spent lounging, watching TV, and reading.
I am grateful to God for placing me in a job where I can take some time off to relax. I am blessed with good family and friends and I hope that I can also be a blessing in their lives.