31.07.2009 - 09.09.2009 49 °C
OK mso we are getting near the last legs, or legless legs of our journey and I have been bold, not writing as we went along, but really, I haven't had time to do much except put the pics into the blog, as I know you all want to see the children and the scenery. But really the expereince has been so overwhelming that we really do not know how we are going to settle back onto Irish soil. Well Eddie is ready, but I am not. How wonderful is travelling? To think I was just a couch potatoe, (potato) in Dundalk and now would you look at me, all High School Musical (lol!). We are heading to Manhattan on Saturday and that's the 5th and our wedding anniversary, wehn we will be 13 year's married. (WHAT ARE THE CHANCES!). There have been sooSOOOOOsooo! many stories happening along our journey in the US that of course, I will be writing them down when I get a more cohesive brain in place. If you only ever do one thing in your life - get up - get out - and see that place you always wanted to see. You will never regret it.
We have met so many wonderful people along the way - many of whom (and I am not a Holy Roller) who I believe were guardian angels of some sort. One incident when we were packing up the car outside the hotel in Louisville and we were thinking - it's early morning and we are cranky and the kids are bored and we are facing stress on the road. And this lady came over to us, just out of the blue and said: "Make the most of this special time, it goes so fast". She explained further that she and her husband did exactly the same thing with their children years ago, and yes, she could see we were struggling abit with enthusiasm. (Hey, being peppy is not my thing!). But she just looked at us and said: "enjoy it!" It was what we needed to hear at that moment in time. We almost wept at her feet. "Maybe I was meant to be here in this place this morning", she said, smiling saying her goodbyes and away into the hotel. Little things like that made this experience unbelievable, and I've learnt that your childhood is always with you, you are born into your time, as you are, and you more or less stay that way throughout, except for the growing up, education etc. bit. What I discovered was that I am a product of the '60s, whatever that means. That I am at heart a free spirit - and a hippy at some minor level (WHat??!). Anyway, I have recorded the daily events as they have unfolded from my now battered diary. Some of the tales have been horrific, and two in particular I will never want to relive again. But I learnt that you have to show love, to get love and that nothing else can take it's place.