Much of what we need to know, we learned in Kindergarten.
To top up these early ingrained lessons, the things I learned during the course of this trip include the fact:
- That in Japan you need a license to drive a jet ski and real men don't where speedos there either.
- That One needs to check the forecast of high and low tides before walking the beach in the same way we check the weather network before we drive
- That when you take a picture of the sunset you might miss the sunset.
- That some parents still think that water wings are a substitute for parenting at the beach.
- That SPF 60 is just thicker than SPF 30
- That Derek works all day in his bathing suit yet has forgotten the beauty of going to the beach.
- That Cindy, Who sells rum punch at the beach knows more about the island than anyone I have met.
- That I can learn about blogs, decide to write one, figure out how to do this and start a blog without any help from any of my tech-savvy children.
- That tipping might best be proportional to how badly you wouldn't want to do the thing for which you are tipping
- That Facebook has real value for old and young alike once someone shows you how to use it to its full potential
- That parents of the many kids with asthma need some help down here. To be continued.
- That the pleasure I have derived from 6 beautiful weeks on the beach can be surpassed by my friend being able to walk to Starbucks.
- That despite the miles we can keep in touch beautifully with family and close friends through phone calls, skype, emails, texting, Facebook and blogging but it is not a replacement for good old fashioned face to face gabbing.
- That the standard rum punch ratio ( 1 sour, 2 sweet , 3 strong and 4 weak) has too much sugar and needs nutmeg.
- That even cross culturally people still like to tell me their stories and I still feel privileged to listen.
- That jet lag is tough on the young
- That chair rental at the beach is someone's livelihood
- That beach days with bare bummed children should be cherished. So should snow days with snow pants.
- That women over 50 can wear a 2 piece bathing suit if stretch marks can be seen as a sign of life (Shirley Valentine). Otherwise the best invention to date is the Tankini
- That texting costs a huge amount of money no matter what package you get with Telus Mobility
- That playing Scrabble may be more fun with a board, but you can't play against your sister in Canada when you are in Barbados.
- That love of dancing on a ship is neither race nor age dependent.
- That Pet sitters are highly respected and greatly loved but are grossly under compensated
- That I can zoom on my Iphone camera (thanks Terry)
- That Bathing suits should Velcro to the skin.
- That 6 weeks in Barbados was a good idea. One of my best. No justification required.
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