Our 4th travel story is a little different.
It focuses less on the wonder of an Alaskan cruise (which must have been absolutely breathtaking) and more on the bond between Mother and Daughter.
Read on to hear how Loriann decided to take her Mom on this magical trip to remind her just how loved she was.
I am from New York, and for my whole life up until June of 2013 my mother and I were inseparable. She was and still is my best friend. We would go to the mall together, movies, out to dinner and so many more things. However, in March of 2012, I met the love of my life, my now husband, and things rapidly changed. He lived in sunny Florida and that left me to make a decision to leave New York and in doing so, my mother.
This was so hard for the two of us. I moved to Florida in March of 2013 and shortly thereafter in July 2013, my mother moved to Arizona which was her lifelong dream. I still spoke to my mother frequently while she looked for a job and so it was easy to just talk to her whenever, but once she got a job and life became more complicated we started to not be able to keep in touch as often. There is a 2-3 hour time difference also depending on the time of year. She felt that I didn’t love her as much anymore and that my life was now “too busy” for her. I felt horrible that this was the case but things were out of my control.
In 2016, I planned a special trip for my mom and I. I wanted to do something extravagant, and what better place to do that than Alaska! I mailed her something and had her on face time while she read it. As she turned the pages she then got to the last page which was a picture of a cruise ship that said, “WE ARE GOING TO ALASKA!”. She was amazed and shocked all at the same time. It was the best thing ever. I still have the recording.
While in Alaska, we became closer again and revisited old memories that were bitter sweet. Sweet in the sense that we had them and could feel the love for one another like it was yesterday we were still in New York doing our favorite things together, and bitter in the sense that we knew things would never be the same again.
I got a gift, which was an adorable Mickey Mouse stuffed animal that was dressed as a messenger with a backpack on. Inside the backpack was a little book that said, “What I love about mom”, and in it were prewritten sentences that I filled in all the blanks. As she read it, she cried. It was one of the most precious moments between my mother and I and I will NEVER forget it.
My mother has overcome many obstacles in her life that she used to teach me many things. She was and still is my hero. Love you mom <3.
Such a heart-warming from such a cold part of the world. It never hurts to thank our Moms and remind us how much they mean to us.
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