Monday, January 19, 2015

THE SIBS AND I



It’s over today, our annual sibling get-together/getaway, and I think I speak for all three of us, my sister, my brother, and me, when I say, Phooey!  It went by too fast.

We’ve done this sibling reunion ever since our mother passed on nine years ago. On our first trip we headed south to my other hometown, Key West, as a way of honoring Mom, who was a strong believer in “family first.” That trip turned out to be such a rewarding and relaxing experience that we decided to do it every year, and we’ve stuck to that goal. There were just a few years when my sister wasn’t able to make it because of some family issues, so she was joyous that she could rejoin us this year.

These photos are of my sister and brother and my sister and me ready for a trip out on the Glass Bottom Boat, headed to the third largest coral reef in the world.
 

What makes it fun is that we all love getting away from a harsh winter and into the sun, exploring the wonderful island cuisine, taking in a local play, and walking or biking everywhere – no cars involved. What makes it interesting is that we have individual tastes and preferences in what we like to do and eat and yet we manage to make it work because our similarities, especially our wacky senses of humor, outweigh any differences. We can, and do, always find something to laugh about.

We tried a few new restaurants this year, some featured on the TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, (we weren’t disappointed) and we returned to our favorites – El Meson de Pepe, Blue Heaven, Santiagos, and Mangoes.  The photo of the “Mile High Key Lime Pie” was taken at Blue Heaven. It’s one of their specialties. We watched sunsets from the famous Mallory Square and saw the Key West Cat Man and his infamous rescue cats perform. I’ve included those photo, too. (The lady in the foreground is a stranger.)

And I had to add a photo of the latest addition to my Key West friends, a young iguana who perches on the beautiful bougainvillea just beyond my deck railing. 

I know this kind of togetherness won’t work with every family, but I highly recommend giving it a whirl. What a great bonding time it is. Bring old photo albums to share and a deck of cards in case of rain. Be prepared to compromise and then just enjoy your time together. Life is short. Make the best of it.

Have you ever taken a trip like this or would you like to? Would it work for your family? Where would you go?



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

My sister, brother, and I usually try to be together at Christmas and go to the Oregon coast as none of us ever married and had families. Then this year my brother thought he would be out of the country at Christmas so proposed that we take a trip this fall. It turned out that he didn't go but my sister went overseas in mid-October. In mid-Sept we drove down about 2/3s of the Oregon coast and into the Cal redwoods. We had a great time seeing some things we had never seen (a trip up the Rogue River on a jet boat on an absolutely gorgeous day) and other things we had seen as little kids. We ate lots of seafood and stayed at motels which ran the gamut in comfort. Am so glad we took the trip and the time. Cordella

Kate Collins said...

What fun! Isn't it a treat to bond with them?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this post, Kate (and am green with jealousy about getting away from the brutal weather).. I have only the one brother but he often joins my husband and me for a road trip. We did Gaspe and Quebec City this year and the Cabot Trail two years ago. Have also done Florence and Milan together. It is great fun and there are lots of conversational possibilities. There's always a designated driver and we can share the booking and organizing chores. And if someone wants to chill out and read, there's still someone to chat with.

Kate Collins said...

Good for you, MJ. I'm sure your brother appreciates being included. And it's nice to have another voice in the conversation.

Margie said...

I'm so jealous of the warm weather! Sounds like you all had a great time! Families are so important. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters and along with my mom we try to get together once a month for dinner or in nice weather a picnic. We try to vacation twice a year, a ski vacation in the winter and a beach vacation in the summer.

Vicki W. said...

My 4 sisters and I try to get together once a year. Sometimes it is just one day, sometimes it is multiple days. This year we are going to Florida (Treasure Island near St. Petersburg) for 4 days. I wish we were going now because it would be wonderful to escape the winter weather. Nope...we are going in June. Ughhh. But I will enjoy my all my sister's company...

We started trying to get together, just us, about 22 years ago. Everyone had gone in different directions and we didn't really know the sisters that had moved to California, Delaware and Savannah, Ga.

Now we pick up talking like we had just seen each other the other day. Of course, FB and Pinterest help. As well, now that almost all of us are back in Georgia we have Family Dinner every 4 to 6 weeks with any relative who is available. Great fun...