This wee’s topic for The Theme Game is Holiday. Perfect timing for me to let you all know that the blog will be a bit quiet for a week or so. We’re off on holiday on Friday, we’re going to Spain to spend a week with my parents. It’s not just any old holiday though – we’re off to celebrate Mum’s 70th birthday.
I haven’t spent Mum’s birthday with her since they moved to Spain nearly 10 years ago. So this holiday will be very special for us. She’s never spent her birthday with her youngest grandson, so you can imagine how excited she is.
People are always telling me how lucky we are to be able to go to Spain on holiday, to spend time with my parents there. As much as I love rural Spain, I’d much rather my parents were here, the 15 minute drive away, that they used to be. It’s a difficult juggling act, we want to see my parents as much as we can, but even with budget airlines it still costs a fair bit. From January next year, we’ll have the whole School Holiday issue to deal with. When I looked for flights last October, it cost £500 more for us to go during half term week. Madness, pure madness. It’s impossible for us at the moment, to take a ‘holiday’, a sit by the pool in the middle of summer, kind of holiday. That’s the sacrifice we have to make for me not working.
We’ll have a wonderful time on holiday with my parents, there will be lots of Monkey memories to make. Mum will have a birthday to remember, Monkey has a special present for her, a one-off – she’ll love it. He’s started to speak a few words in Spanish, so hopefully he’ll get some practice in while we’re there. I’m sure we’ll visit the local John Deere outlet – again!
But as I’m a real soppy old moo, I’ll end the week in tears. I always do. Not the normal way to end a holiday. I’ll leave Spain worrying about my parents, wishing Monkey got to spend more time with his grandparents, wishing I could just pop round for a cup of tea and a chat. Then I’ll feel guilty, as Daddy P has lost both of his parents, I should be grateful for what I have.
So we’re off on holiday on Friday, adios amigos.