This is my travel blog about a cruise that I went on with my immediate family as well as my extended family. We cruised on the Carnival cruise ship in November of 2007. Boarding from Florida with destinations to Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya, Roatan Island, and Nassau Bahamas. This cruise was nearly four years ago but I still remember it fondly as if it were yesterday. Sit back, let me tell you about the time of my life.
First, I have to give you some background. My mom was an underprivileged child in NYC with five other brothers and sisters in a single parent household. Her mother signed her up with the fresh air fund and when she was four years old she went off to Vermont to meet up with her fresh air family, The Poplawski’s; a financially stable family with a Mom, dad and five children of their own. They fell in love with my mother and they fell in love with her. This was the beginning of my extended family. My mom went to their home in Vermont every summer, mostly two weeks at a time. Later on for a month at a time. My grandmother paid $5.00 for her to go until she was 16 then she had to begin to pay the full bus fare.
As my mom aged so did the Poplawski’s. They all kept in close touch with each other as families often do. My mom went to their weddings and they came to my parent’s wedding when it was their time for marriage. My aunt Donna (Poplawski) decided to take a cruise over Thanksgiving break in 2007. My mom wasn’t too sure if she would be able to make it because she had just undergone major back surgery and didn’t want to take any risk, but we ended up going.
The cruise was great! Being with family, not having to do the dishes, being able to stay up late, meeting new people and going to places I’ve never been before. The sit down dinners weren’t great so most of the kids ended up going to the upper deck for hotdogs, hamburgers and pizza; Typical kid food. The port scheduled for Costa Maya was cancelled because it ended up getting rained out pretty bad. So we all ended up staying on the boat and spending quality time with each other. I didn’t get to explore Roatan Island because I slept most of the day away because of the night before. Too much partying. In Belize they braided my hair, and I got to go on a tour ride through the town. I saw children so poor walking the streets with no shoes on asking anyone who passed to be kind enough to buy them sneakers. I felt bad for them because I was more privileged then them and they had nothing for themselves.
I had a lot of thanks to give Thanksgiving day for being with my family because it was a rare thing for all of us to be together in one spot. All I had to do was look around and see how much I truly had and I couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of the position I was in at the time. At the same time of my thankfulness I had to think of others that didn’t have the opportunity to be in my place and I learned that I need to give to those who are less fortunate than I so that they can one day have the chance to give thanks for what they have too.
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