The first time I came here I was married with two small (ish) children. We were the poster family for the perfect vacation.
Ten years later, I'm back with my 14-year old son, while my 17-year old travels the globe and my ex-husband celebrates his recent marriage. A divorced, middle-aged mom, alone in her favorite vacation spot with her kid....seems like a potential Lifetime Movie one-hanky movie opening.
Instead, I feel free. One of the characters in August Wilson's play, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," says that everyone has a song inside of them. At one point, he says "Something wasn't making my heart smooth and easy."
It might just be my son and me back here this year, but my heart is smooth and easy.