It's true - even a lot of Mexico is more than dirt poor; we don't think of our neighbors as 3rd world, but it sure is. I don't want to get into the whole immigration thing, but you better believe I'd be doing anything to get a better life for my family if I were there.
Y'all are going to think I'm nuts but I turned down an opportunity recently for an all expense paid visit to the UK! Rick's parents were already booked for a group tour the end of October but something was going to prevent them from going so they offered the trip to us. Rick immediately said 'no thanks', not a destination he's ever been interested in visiting plus it's a busy time of year for us, planting, etc., etc. When I found out he turned it down I was like..."What"???? I've wanted to go to England ever since I can remember and he said, well then you go! I immediately got online to check out what the tour involved - numerous popular tourist attractions, etc. Decided since I wouldn't be able to "do my own thing" and most of the group would be older folks (70++)...it wasn't exactly what I was expecting regardless of the fact that it was 'free'.
Name: Stormy Valley Forge Pa I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I understand exactly what you mean Deb. I've turned down some pretty nice free business ones because I thought that the meeting agenda was a waste of my time. I'd have loved to spend the free time sightseeing, but it just didn't feel like the time expenditure was worth it. Even if I added a few days on at the end, which I normally would, I still wasn't motivated to go.
I wonder if the closer we get to the end of our "time" if we become a lot fussier about how we spend it.
Name: Ronnie Southeastern PA~Zone 6 I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I love when you can wonder on your own, do your own thing on your own time.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...
I came up with a brilliant idea the other day! (At least I think so.) We always get brochures from Holland America and I pretty much always toss them in the recycle bin, this one however I opened and the first trip I looked at was a cruise from Rotterdam to the northern part of Norway - including my 'home port' - said to Greg, 'wouldn't a trip like that be awesome, go with Mom (in law) - that way she could see where I'm from and you'd see more than Oslo and TromsÃ¸' - he agreed and I immediately called Mom, she loved the idea, especially since the tickets were 40% off! - sooooo, I've planted the seed - she was going to call them and see what she could find out price wise etc. - the trip is 14 days, June (and still midnite sun) - we'd get to spend the time with Mom and I'd get to play tour guide - we don't know how many more opportunities we'll have to go on trips with her (she has a serious form of cancer) - and what else is the $ for? Not sure if anything will come out of it, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it'll happen! They will get to see Oslo, the fjords, the 1000's of islands and also meet my family and friends (even it's only for a few hours here and there) - I have family & friends in at least 4 of the ports
\"Those who love cookies love life!\" Otis Spunkmeyer
Becky, love your "brilliant idea"! My son was thinking the same thing when he planned the trip to Prince Edward Island this summer for our family. I can't say that it was a particularly enjoyable trip (a lot of driving!!! ) but it meant a lot to my mother because at 79 years old we also weren't sure how many more opportunities we'd have to get her there. PEI is my grandmother's birthplace and my mother had many fond memories of her visits there over the years.