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Business/Pleasure Vacations

October 9th, 2009 by judytalks

I’m learning what constitutes a vacation that combines business interests and family visits. We arrived in the Twin Cities on 9/11, with appointments and plans in place. For the most part, everything has gone well. But it takes flexibility and a sense of humor to survive and thrive.
I lived here for over 40 years, so I’m familiar with the geographical location of most places. However, I soon realized I had forgotten exactly how I got there. For some reason, streets, highways, and landmarks change. I’ve done considerable driving around, looking for something I knew was just around the corner, only to discover it had moved 2 blocks or access to it was nowhere in sight.
My book, A Child’s Grief Surviving the Death of a Parent will be out in early November. It’s a wonderful feeling to complete something so dear to my heart. And I’m very pleased with the finished product. The work that goes into the publication of a book is a learning process and I’m anxious to hold this book in my hands.
Children are vulnerable; grieving children are especially so. And there are a surprising number of them. One in twenty children will lose a parent by the time they are a senior in high school. Incredible! Factor in the difficult economic and personal upheaval taking place in our nation. Every loss causes grief and when families/parents lose jobs, homes, financial stability, the children suffer from a sense of insecurity and uncertainty about their family’s wellbeing.
Our visits to family were scheduled around school, sports, and sickness. Flu and walking pneumonia put a crunch on activities, but we managed to have some great get-togethers. More family arrived early Oct. and more plans were made. We make the most of those hours and days we can spend with loved ones. Sometimes they’re few and far between.
We leave next week to return to AZ. It’s cooler there now and snow is threatening here. I promised myself I’d leave town before a blizzard. Seeing the leaves turn has been the icing on the cake. I’ve missed that the last 7 years. Hope all is well with you.

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