Many years ago I saw an English Bulldog and fell in love. It was many years since I had a dog which was a Great Dane.
Because I was busy with traveling and working a lot of hours I decided I would wait until I retired to get a Bulldog. Then one day I received orders from headquarters to leave my job before retirement and relocate.
Fast forward to the present time I still don’t have a dog-Bulldog. I was reminded last month that now is the right time to find my new best friend.
You might be thinking where does Beauregard come in. Well that will be the puppy’s name but he will be called Beau as a nickname.
Now I’m on a journey to find the perfect puppy for me. What I’m finding is not many bulldog puppies are born at this time, so I will stay on this journey until it’s complete.
St. Thomas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, are several vacations I believed were paradise. That was my thought until I landed in Aruba. I fell in love with Aruba the moment I exited the plane.
I love trees and have never seen so many trees that had their own original shapes, sizes, curves and angles. They were everywhere.
I stayed at two hotels. The first one is was a Boutique Hotel called Boardwalk. It was a peaceful place that I imagined it being like the Garden of Eden -lush, green with beautiful flowers everywhere. The buildings were situated more like apartments than a regular hotel and just as beautiful on the inside.
The second hotel complex called Amsterdam Manor beach resort was a bit under construction which was mainly the landscape. The inside was more of a one bedroom apartment than a hotel room. The best part of this hotel was the beach that was a short walk-across the street.
Aruba has interesting sites to see. There are many excursions to choose from. Having dinner on the beach was a new experience I totally enjoyed. Of course the food was delicious-breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can’t go wrong with either hotel. The second one wasn’t as quiet as the first. The first would be good for a getaway when you need a time of reflection and a quiet undisturbed place to plan out your future. If nothing else you can just do a whole lot of nothing.
I haven’t traveled since Aruba but it has definitely become my number one island to travel to. If you are looking for a nice, tranquil place for a reset I recommend Aruba.
I would tell my teenage self to enjoy your life as a teenager. Don’t rush into adulthood because you will be an adult longer than you will be a teenager. Don’t let anyone convince you to do adult things trying to convince you that you would have fun. When you attempt to do adult things you will likely end up with adult responsibilities you are not equipped to handle. Premarital sex, baby out of wedlock, drugs steal your teenage life and innocence. Remember there is no place in your life for those things if you want to go to college and have a career. Be careful and protective of your precious life and don’t play Russian roulette with it because you may win a few spins but losing is in the cards. You end up broke.
My father bought us (all girls) trucks and he would get in the floor and play with us. They were 18 wheelers and a log carrying trucks. He also bought me a bicycle and us a swing set. I can remember that only I played on the swing set. I also had roller skates since I was one year old. Another toy he bought was a gyroscope. We thread a cord around the wheel to create a rapid spin.
Some time later my mom and dad divorced and when we left we had to leave the toys because we couldn’t take the beautiful toy box dad built to hold our toys.
Today as I sat a candle I lit on my table my eyes fell upon a toy I cherished since I was a child that has been sitting on my table for years. That toy is a gyroscope. It is there to honor my dad. I decided I will wind the string and let it whirl everywhere it wants in honor of my father.
This year Father’s Day is June 20,2021 but I’m not going to wait several weeks-I’m going to start now.
Daddy although you’re not here with me physically, you’re in my heart covered in the love I have for you.
For those who want to wait until June 20, 2021 meditate on your special memories with your fathers and bless the time you have/had with him. If forgiveness is needed, forgive so you can move forward in your life.
When I look back to when I was a little girl my favorite present to ask for was a camera. That is what I usually received. Back then the cameras used film that had to be loaded. Then after using up every shot the film was taken to get processed. The fun part was waiting to see how the photos turned out.
Throughout all these years my excitement with taking photos never waned. Now I have cameras that you load with a little disk that can hold thousands of photos that can be developed-some or all of them at one time. They can be sent away to be developed or printed on the home printer. Now the photos can be adjusted before printed. Years ago you actually received what you photographed. My phone also takes wonderful photos and I use it often.
There are some photos I like just the way I shoot them-in the raw with no adjustments. That way the people looking at them really get to see what I see instead of what I embellish.
No matter what the end result is I still love my cameras and my photos. I will just say I’m a Street Photographer.