Mom, Aaron , and I went to the Black Forrest in 1987. It was just a family day trip, so we were riding on a tour bus.
This was our last day in Germany. The next day we would board a plane and move back to America. Mom was looking forward to this trip, since she probably would not get another chance to see the Black Forrest.
For some reason, my brother was an absolute tyrant that day. He was rude, obnoxious, bratty, and defiant. In all fairness to Aaron, he did not normally behave this way. He was usually a good kid, but that day he was on a roll.
It started as soon as we boarded the bus. Aaron decided to block the aisle and tried to charge people a toll fee to pass by him. Mom was rather embarrassed, but the worst was yet to come.
We were walking around and admiring all the sites, then Aaron started crying about being thirsty. He was winning and about ready to have a full on tantrum. Mom stopped at one of the shops and bought us each a can of soda.
Aaron took the soda and stuffed them in his jacket. He refused to give me one of the cans and said he was “holding them for ransom.” I started yelling at Aaron and we were on the verge of a throwing punches, when Mom stepped in to put a stop to the whole thing. She snatched the soda cans away from Aaron and give him a good scolding.
Later in the day, we stopped at a shop that made baskets. In front of the store was a giant picnic basket for sale. It was so huge, Aaron could have crawled inside of it.
Aaron wanted Mom to buy the giant basket, but she refused. That set Aaron off again. He started yelling and screaming about the basket. Mom had reached her limit. She got in Aaron’s face and yelled, “I’ve had with you! I am changing my name. It’s not Mom or Rita anymore and I am leaving you here.”
Mom spun around and started walking away from Aaron. I was standing there in shock and wondering if she would come back for me.
Aaron tried calling out to her, but she didn’t respond. Aaron bellowed out, “Hey lady with the brown coat and the grey streak in your hair!”
Mom’s face was about to turn scarlet red. She was so angry, I expected to see smoke coming from her ears and nostrils. She grabbed ahold of Aaron and started walking away with him, without saying a word.
In spite of everything that happened that day, Mom still loved her son. The next day, Aaron was on the plane with us, instead of being left in the Black Forrest to be raised by wild animals.
After Honduras, we went to Belize. I spent the morning at Starfish Island and yes I did see starfish.
This was my first experience with starfish, so of course I had to touch them. I was surprised they didn’t react at all. They just laid there doing their starfish stuff.
The afternoon was spent wondering around Belize City, which is the capital of Belize.
Last week, I went on a seven day cruise. Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.
The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals. There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty. Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff. While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle. He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water. I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.
During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge. I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself. The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.
I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike. The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.
I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture. For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.
After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.
We went to Pensacola for spring break this year and our favorite part of the trip was the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.
Gwen and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse. We walked up 177 steps (similar to walking up 12 flights of stairs). Also, the staircase was narrow with holes in each step, so you could see all the way to the bottom while walking back down the stairs.
Congratulations – We Did It
Trees and Plants
Hanging Out at the Hotel and Other Random Photos
It was a great trip, but we are all glad to be back home.
I spent the last few days at a monastery in Cullman, Alabama. I really enjoyed my time there. It was quite, peaceful, and relaxing. I was able to explore the grounds and spent a lot of time reading.
After my stay at the monastery, I feel better able to conquer whatever comes my way in the future.