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Jul 30, 201308:34 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Thinking About Friends and Family

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We meet lots of people on our travels, and sometimes we wonder if we can develop a friendship with them or not. We have met some of the same people multiple times along the way, but so far, we’ve just enjoyed their company, or not, while we were with them, and let it go at that, with no further expectations.

Take the woman we met at the library yesterday, Karen. Karen volunteers at the library on Mondays. She and her husband, Clive, have lived in Georgetown for 27 years. They came here when things were much simpler, and cheaper, before the big resorts came in and raised prices, and each little chicken shack restaurant raised them in kind, wanting to cash in on the quick buck, but making things difficult for the locals. Karen also blames the “outsiders” for the current crime problem. “Used to be you could leave your purse out on the porch all night and no one would bother it,” is what she says. I believe her. But everywhere we go, we get the same comments about “outsiders.” The thieves and criminals are always from “somewhere else,” like Jamaica or Nassau.

Karen and Clive now have their home for sale (she would give us such a deal) but not because of the change in Georgetown society. It is because they are getting up in years and need to be closer to better health care. But I’m getting off track, this is not my point.

My point is that Rosie and I, having picked out several books to take back with us to the boat, sat and had a most enjoyable conversation with Karen. During our conversation, the subject of missing friends and family came up. Karen and Clive have offspring that live in Canada, where they are from, but they are looking to move to Florida. It would seem that Karen and Clive have gotten past any misgivings about a need to be near their family in their older ages.

We would be mere robots if we said we didn’t miss our friends and families, and we do miss them at times. But we also realize that this life we are leading is the only one we are going to get, and having discussed the whole matter going in, we have decided to lead it the way we want to, not the way someone else wants us to.

Sure, it is not as difficult for us because Rosie’s parents passed away several years ago, and although my father is still raising hell up there in St. Louis, he raised me to be independent, whether he knows it our not (I think he knows now), and I think he has come to accept our decision to live our lives as we do, if not admire us for it. I hope so.

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