At what age do you stop crying when you leave your parents? Asking for a friend, of course.
Time doesn’t make the distance any easier, and spending 15 hours in a car each way doesn’t get anymore enjoyable, but spending Thanksgiving with my parents was well worth the long drive, the traffic, a cracked windshield and stiff legs.
My mama and I started Turkey Day off with a Turkey Trot around Amelia Island Plantation – one of my favorite places to be. That 60 degree weather we haven’t seen in PA in a while had me sweating up a storm! Meanwhile, my mother wore a sweatshirt for the entire race.
We started Black Friday off with mimosas at the cutest little wine bar. Downtown Fernandina Beach has an annual Christmas pajama party and it was fun seeing everyone all decked out, ready for the holidays and supporting small businesses. We strolled along the historic streets, had good food and shopped until nap time.
Friday evening was also full of festivities – the annual tree lighting on the Plantation. So many families came out to kickstart the holidays. There were games, s’mores, lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus and a shrimp boil.
So here’s until the next time I get to experience island life and visit my parents home. Until then, I’ll be picking up the seashells randomly placed throughout my house, holding them up to my ear and listening to the ocean waves.