Tuesday, October 24, 2006


We just returned from an 8 day cruise of the Eastern Caribbean.

We had a relaxing, wonderful time on the ship and my husband and I enjoyed being together.

We visited the same ports that Peggy and her husband visited on their last cruise together.

I enjoyed sitting on our balcony and looking at the sea as we skimmed the top of the blue water.

One evening, I sat on the balcony in the early hours of the morning. I watched the black night turn into a blanket of stars lighting up the sea. I thought of Peggy cruising the same waters when her mind was crisp and her eyes could take in all of the night and see all of the stars.

I felt a strong connection to her that evening. I knew that she had seen the same ocean and the same stars and ports from the balcony of her cabin so many years earlier.

I felt a tug of sadness in my heart because I knew that I could never share my memories of this cruise with her.

I was on the deck as we slid into the Port of St. Thomas. I looked at the beautiful landscape and knew that Peggy had seen the same sights on her cruise. I felt close to her as we walked the streets of St. Thomas.

 I thought of Peggy when we reached  St. Maarten and glided into the port.

I was seeing all of this beauty through my eyes but also....

Through Peggy's eyes......

I felt a connection to her as I took in the beauty of the Islands for I was looking and seeing the same things that she had seen years earlier.

I thought of the excitement that she must have felt because of the excitement that I felt with each day at sea and each port of call.

I was comforted just knowing that I was seeing everything on this cruise through....

Peggy's eyes.

I love You Today, Peggy!

Mary Louise




wendy4145 said...

I can see how you would feel close to her on this trip.  I'm sure she senced your closeness.  I'm glad you had a good time with John.  I think you needed that.


lsfp1960 said...

So glad you were able to get away with your hubby.  And to know that you walked where your sister had walked previously.  I'm sure you felt her presence while you were there.   Linda in WA