It's been two years since I have had a break. It wasn't that I didn't have the opportunity; it's just that I never really thought about it. But a coming event has provided the opportunity for me to take a much-needed (and eagerly-anticipated) break from the trenches.
What's the event? Well, dear friend, I am glad to tell you: One of my older sisters is graduating from nursing school down in Southern California.
(Can I tell you all how proud I am of her? I am just busting at the seams. She's a good one, she is. And she has also become a dear, dear friend. How lucky can a brother get?)
So, in honor of this auspicious occasion, I have undertaken the heavy and onerous task of driving my customized Mustang down the Pacific Coast Highway all the way (heavy sigh) down the coast to my sister's abode, where I will watch her receive her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science. She has a job waiting for her in the Pediatric Oncology (her first choice) department of a very prestigious hospital down there. I am so proud of her!
And I get a much-needed rest. I asked my wife if she was at peace with the trip. She said, "God seldom gives us opportunities like this. You need this. Take it. Besides," she said with a wicked grin as she wrapped her arms around me and flashed her amazing grey eyes, "Think about the homecoming."
"Wellll... okay. If you put it that way..."
So tomorrow I am off to drive, drive, drive. The weather is going to be awesome, and so is my vacation. I'll keep you all posted, since I am bringing my laptop.