Ok, so nobody likes sand in their keyboard, right? So I made sure my laptop had lots of power, kissed it goodbye, and gently tucked it in for a long nap. Then I was off to the beach. Yes, there was some separation anxiety on the part of my little guy, who had never been without me for so long before, but I assured him that I would be back before his battery even got cold.
And then I made the mistake of looking back. The parenting books tell you to never look back. But I did. I was almost out the door. The minivan was packed. The cooler was full. The boys were waiting impatiently for me to get in the vehicle so we could head out, and right at that moment….I looked back. My little laptop, sitting forlornly inside that deep dark carrying case. It was all I could do not to well up with tears.
So I ran back in and grabbed him up in my arms, and carried him lovingly to the van. I totally ignored the eye rolling and sighing from the other passengers in the van, and found a comfortable shady nook for my laptop to ride out the trip in air conditioned comfort.
When we arrived at the shore, I patted his case and let him know how proud I was that he had been such a good little traveler. While everyone else had needed to make a series of pit-stops for food, stretching, or bathroom breaks, my stalwart fella had never made a peep of complaint from his cramped quarters. I couldn’t wait to introduce him to the sun and fun of the coast in May, but it was late, and we were all tired, so I knew he wouldn’t mind if we all got a good night’s sleep before the merriment began.
The next day R-T and I awoke to the most incredible sight I have ever seen. From our bed, we could look out and see the sun just coming over the water. I wanted to stop time and just savor the beauty, but I knew I couldn’t, so I got out my trusty Canon and captured the moment. Before long, the boys and my mom, who had shared the next room, were up and salivating at the chance to get down and dirty with those lapping waves. So, hours later, we emerged from the foam and sand, and enjoyed a terrific lunch, then it was back to the beach! We took a short break from the sounds of seagulls and the smell of salt water to take a dip in the indoor pool, where the water was like a warm blanket for the soul. After gobbling down some Mexican food for supper, the boys took a much needed rest, and R-T and I took a beautiful leisurely stroll around the resort and through the gift shops.
The next day was much the same, although after lunch we headed away from the shoreline to Georgetown, one of the oldest cities in the country, and soaked up some incredible history and ambiance. The view from the marina was spectacular, and nothing will compare to traipsing through a local Episcopal cemetery to view gravestones dating back to the early 1800’s. Priceless! We celebrated Uber’s birthday with a trip to Gamestop, a huge seafood feast, and ice cream cake back at the hotel suite. He said it was the best birthday he could ever remember. And, since we were heading back home in the morning, it was time for one more trip to the beach for a long leisurely goodbye.
Sunday morning was spent packing all our belongings back in the van. And that was when I spotted him. My poor lonely laptop. In all the excitement of vacation, I had forgotten all about him. What kind of person could just unplug themselves like that, and completely neglect their online relationship?? I never thought of myself as the sort of person who would commit such technological negligence? I didn’t even know I had it in me. But as I packed the little guy safely back into the minivan, he had a look of forgiveness about it. Like perhaps he was no worse for the wear. Who knows? Maybe we needed to give each other a little space. A little independence. And nobody likes sand in their keyboard, right?
Thank God I got rid of her for a few days !!