I Had an Idea: What if we......
The one thing we can all count on with painful regularity is
the fact that life never stays the same. Seems that this
truism becomes more glaringly obvious when we encounter
those common life milestones like: getting married, having kids,
the teen years, seeing your kids through college, the kids finally
striking out on their own and retirement.
My husband John and I got married in 1990, fast forward to 2012.
John had worked for one company for 26 years. Then took a leap
of faith and took a job with another company at the tail end of
his career. We moved from Minnesota where we had lived and
raised our 3 kids for 22 years, back to my home in Northern
California just like he promised me over 22 years earlier.
On an evening about 3 years ago after our return to California,
John and I were sitting out on our deck. It had been a particularly
tough day at work and he was talking about just how much longer
he could hang on working for this company. We had always had a
goal of waiting till our 2 oldest kids were out of college in 2017.
The commute was brutal, working for this company was not pleasant.
The owner wasn't particularly appreciative and John wasn't getting
compensated in way that was comensairy with his years of experience
I must admit I was a bit uneasy with the idea of his retirement. It wasn't
that I didn't want him home, I was scared about not having the income
any more. I turned to him and said,"What if we leased our house out to
pay for an adventure and take off somewhere for a year?" He immediately
lit up to the idea.
My immediate thought was Mexico. It's close, it's a good value for your
money, the people are warm and friendly and I speak decent amount of
Spanish. Then as I started to share our idea with other people and I got
the same response from pretty much everyone.
"That's sounds great, we know tons of people who are in Mexico doing
just that." I was a bit crushed. Not because I wasn't the first person to
have thought of this destination but I didn't want to leave California
and go to another country to hang out with my own kind, I wanted
to meet and interact with the Mexican people.
Then I toyed with the idea of Costa Rica, Panama ...The goal was somewhere
warm, reasonable cost with beach and ocean. I got out a map and started
looking. Then I thought about a trip to Mallorca Spain my father had taken
my sister and I one Christmas when we were attending school in England.
I loved the island, looked a lot like California, had tons of history and was
warm and surrounded by the Belaric Sea.
Then my idea morphed into, "Well if were all the way over in Europe , why
can't we go to........." and I started to think of other places that I'd never been
before all across the southern Mediterranean.
An itinerary was born, so the planning began!