Share Your World – 6th February

It’s the 45th anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1978. Lest we forget…

And so the world turns and another months flips up on the calendar. It is February and so soon.

What kind of vacations did you have as a child?

My family who were forever at each others’ throats, got in a car and went to some little resort in the Catskills. We fought all the way there, fought all the time we were away and came home exhausted and feeling like NOW we really need a vacation. These “resorts” were tiny place without facilities or entertainment, but they were inexpensive and we could stay for a few weeks — as opposed to the bigger, fancier resorts where we could barely afford a long weekend.

Us with family and friends at our time-share in Jackman, Maine

I could always find something to do — read, if nothing else, but the constant fighting of my parents and my father’s brutal relationship with my brother took most of the pleasure out of it. It was a pity because some of these places, though small, were in lovely areas and the other people there were good folks.

Have any of those remained favourites now that you’re an adult?

All of those resorts are gone. Closed. Their time came and went.

What has been your best vacation ever?

Our honeymoon in Ireland, absolutely. We went where we felt like going and sometimes just wandered.

Garry at Innisfree
Cong, September 1990
Garry in Cong

We discovered places we had never dreamed of, took tons of pictures which, that being pre-digital days, we had to slowly ransom one roll at a time. It was great in every way.

Do you prefer resorts where there are no kids allowed?

I haven’t been to a resort in a long time. We were at some time-share places, but we were not there when kids were out of school. Otherwise, we’ve mostly visited friends, or driven over to Cooperstown or some other local place — and mostly out of season. There were rarely many kids there when we were around.


Thank you to the nurse who found a vein in an arm that had previously been declared hopeless, for a doctor who can make me laugh and cares about us — and is willing to work with us to deal with our issues and never ignores us or makes fun of our concerns. These medical people are a blessing!

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9 replies

  1. Ahh the days in Maine with the crew (and the moose ) were a joy.
    Those smiles say it all!
    Miss you both.


  2. Thanks for sharing your world again this week Marilyn. Lovely photos and lovely gratitude.


  3. Lovely share Marilyn.

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    • Nice to write about things that we enjoyed! I wish we’d had more time and money to travel more.

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      • I agree –IRELAND – the best vacation of all. Our honeymoon, a return to the old sod, the discovery that I have Irish ancestry and the warm reception we received everywhere.

        Visiting Kong and the site of “The Quiet Man” cottage was extra special.

        Enshrined forever in my sense memory.


      • Yes, more money is something hard to come by these days. Besides, Covid is still lurking around so probably staying at home is better.


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