For there is no friend like a sister / In calm or stormy weather; / To cheer one on the tedious way, / To fetch one if one goes astray, / To lift one if one totters down,/ To strengthen whilst one stands. –– Christina Rossetti
from “Goblin Market”
Since 2014 the weather has been stormy for the Longenecker Sisters
First, our dear Mother died
Then, Aunt Ruthie “went up on the next cloud,”
And, unexpectedly, our brother Mark left us.
We lifted each other up when we tottered down
Clearing out houses from attic to cellar
Standing vigil at their bedsides
Saying goodbyes, some long . . . some brief
Planning memorial services.
It was time for Marian, Janice, and Jean to reunite
After years apart, and after the separation of Covid-19
It was high time!
So, we jumped at the invitation of my niece Heidi
To plan a week’s getaway in Florida on the waterfront.
The Setting: Arriving at Heidi & husband’s VRBO in Homosassa Springs, Florida – 5 days, 4 nights
Sunrise: Morning Routine on the Balcony
Action on the Crystal River
We had a boatload of fun, docking for fresh fish and sightseeing
We ate well: jumbo-sized shrimp servings, fresh crab cakes
Shrimp Broil with appetizers at Heidi’s House, best cuisine ever
Kayaking, Ping-Pong, then Relaxing
Then, massaging the aching muscles
The Ellie Schiller Wildlife Sanctuary
And, finally, shopping . . .
Returning Pontoon to the Marina early evening and then . . .
For information about Heidi and husband’s Vacation Rental at Homosassa, Florida along the Crystal River, check here
How have you kept in contact with friends and relatives during the pandemic?
Are you looking forward to a reunion with special people?
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