Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Writer's Workshop: A Vacation to Remember

Writing assignment from Mama Kat'' Weekly Writing Assignment

It has been a number of years ago, but one of the unforgettable vacations that came to mind was, when we went camping in the Summer of 2004.

We had not had our motor home for very long and I was really green.   Before this, we did have a camper that was permanently stationed at one of the military recreational facilities, but this was one that I got to drive.  Believe me when I say this, it is not as easy as they say it is, but I did not side swipe any vehicles on the road. I just had to have a focal point to guide me by.

This time was much different than any other time.  I had the most precious load in the motor home, my granddaughters.  Now two of them were my daughters that were born to be grandchildren but ended up with us adopting them.  Oh, but the other two were my Mandy's little girls.  Everyone was so excited to be going camping.  We had not put in the pool yet, so it was going to be fun to play in the water.

The famous bike
Everything was going just great, the girls had met some other children and we had  parked by the playground.  Bikes, golf cart, toys, books, and even a little grocery cart was found around the camper.  We even had Lacey, our little westie.  The little one, Shelby, enjoyed walking Lacey around, so it was a great surprise when she decided that she wanted to ride her bike.

Equipped with training wheels, Shelby takes off and has a great time.  That is until she realized that the road started going downhill.  At this moment in time, I look up and there she is flying! ( I know not really flying, but to this Nana is seemed like it)  What is a Nana to do, but start running for all I am worth.  Just as she is not sure what to do, she hits the piece of concrete.  You know the kind, the ones that keep the car from going any further in a parking space.  Oh, yes that kind.  Well, she hits the curb thing and flys over the handlebars.

Now at this time, my mind and heart are racing.  What am I going to tell Mandy and Bob?  Will they ever trust me with their children again?  What if she is really hurt, where do I take her?  Where are the other girls at this time?

I tell you now, that the Lord certainly has me covered with a lot of insurance!  At the very moment that Shelby decides she wants to fly over the handles, the Lord already had a nurse on hand.  I am not kidding.  The campsite that Shelby decided to visit had a lovely lady that turned out to be a NURSE.  She took over and examined Shelby and pronounced her okay.  She did come away with some scratches, but noting earth shattering.  So with a popsicle in hand and me pushing the bike home, I had to decide how much to tell Mandy.  Trust me when she reads this, I will get a call.  Because, I chose not to tell her just how scared I was, when I called.

Our Alexis
Our Gabrielle

Our little Shelby
Our Caitlin

Our Shelby and Lacey

Shelby, Lacey going shopping for pine cones

Caitlin is not sure of the water

Gabrielle and Alexis enjoying the water

Is she just the cutest?

This will be as far as I go
Right before the famous ride

Now years later , I can look back at this and say it has a deep place in my memory.  I always look forward to the month of June.  I load my car and head out to get my precious load again.  But these summers, we stay home and enjoy the pool.


  1. had me right on the edge of my seat! I'm so glad the nurse was there and that she was OK! You really had a bunch of young ones to hat goes off to you!!!

  2. Thanks Julie, I live for the summer time when I get to have my grandchildren for at least 4 to 6 weeks. I love being a Nana.

  3. I'm going to add that it only took you 6 1/2 years to tell me this...yes, I think that was a good time frame!



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