The Prompt: “Take a trip down memory lane and share your best vacation/trip/holiday memory.”
Rules from: THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH
I don’t know how this will turn out, or if you guys are interested, but I know I have many nonfiction writers who follow me and I want to encourage everyone to write.
Florida Here we Come
By Teresa Smeigh 2019
Our vacations were always like the movie “Vacation” by Chevy Chase. It had a few fun parts though.
Our son was about 2 years old and the girls were about 10 and 12 years old when we finally decided to go to Florida and camp. The irony of the trip is that we would be near Disney World, but unable to afford going there. We decided on a day trip to Sea World would be our one splurge.
We were taking our pull-along camper. Camping was cheaper than staying in a nice motel or hotel and we could cook our own meals. I always hated the fact that I had to cook and clean. It never seemed like much of a vacation to me.
We were going to head down from New Jersey where we lived and stop in Virginia and the Marine Corps Base Quantico. We had our best friends there and it was Thanksgiving.
That night our son developed a huge lump on his neck. Our friends helped us find a hospital and on Thanksgiving, and in another state, we were sitting in the waiting room. He seemed to be in a good mood just had a huge lump on his neck.
After many tests, it was determined that he had strep throat. We didn’t understand. We had all had it 3 weeks earlier, except for him. It was strange that he had contacted it that late after the rest of us. He was given the pink antibiotic that needed refrigeration. Again, our friends helped us find a 24-hour pharmacy and on a holiday to boot. We were lucky.
We had to choose whether to go back home to NJ or continue down to Florida. We had the camper so we could refrigerate the medication so finally decided to go on. The next day the effects of the strep throat hit him, and he was cranky and now had a temperature.
We headed on out and had him laying down and taking his medication. We stopped at another campground before going on down to Florida. We noticed oil covering the front of the camper. The part facing the truck back. Not a good sign. Sick kid, sick truck.
Made it to Florida where we were to camp, unhooked and then went searching for a mechanic. The people there at the campground were great and took us to rent a car and find a mechanic. We left our truck and then went to some fishing piers and fished. Our young, sick son was the only one to catch anything. He had a little kid’s rod with two hooks and dropped it over. Pulled it up and there was a fish on each hook. Amazing!
Next, we checked out another aquarium which I believe was Marine Land and not the big one Sea World. We still didn’t have our truck back. It was cold, but the kids did swim once. Well, the girls did. Our son was still too sick for that.
We were supposed to get our truck the next day so we were told to go to Sea World, and they would let us know when it was ready. We went and it was so cold we had to wear our coats. We saw a good part of the park and of course, with four cameras we had brought with us, we had forgotten them all. We had to buy a disposable one. We got the call to come to pick up the truck.
We left, picked up the truck, stopped at the car rental place and dropped off the car and headed back to the campground. We were just pulling out of the car rental parking lot and the truck started to act up. We called the mechanic, re-rented the car and dropped off the truck again.
Now we had a problem. It was almost time to go home and it was possible that we wouldn’t get the truck back in time. The kids were in school and we both worked. I couldn’t drive the truck with the trailer, so he was going to have to stay and we tentatively made plans for me and the kids to fly back if necessary.
Well the mechanic came through and to top it off the repairs were under warranty, so it wasn’t going to cost us to repair it. Not quite the trip we planned but worked out at least. We hadn’t planned on Disney World anyhow so we didn’t really miss anything except a few hours at Sea World.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian