I’ve been taking some time to regroup since my mother passed. As you can imagine, there is so much to attend to after losing a loved one. More importantly, the feelings of loss and sadness come and go. There are good and bad days. Through it all, I find peace in the memories that I have of her, the laughs, the conversations and the lessons.
My husband and I had planned a December cruise to Cozumel this past summer. The timing of the cruise could not have been better. It provided an escape for 5 days with no worries. Well, I did my best to suppress the worries. I know that my mom would have wanted me to go and have a good time. I can hear her now, “girl, go and have yourself a good time.” So that is what I set out to do. There was snow back home and school cancellations for my kiddos. My dear sweet cousin had it all under control. She was able to convince the kids to shovel the driveway and put up the Christmas tree. Amazing!
I was a little sea sick on the first day or two but it got better. We exercised, ate, attended a comedy show, took a salsa dance lesson, ate, attended another show, and ate some more. I think you get the picture. That’s what you do on cruises. I absolutely loved showing up for dinner at a designated location and having my bed drawn at night with little chocolates placed on the bedding. It’s every mom’s dream.
The atrium of the ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
It was a little overcast in New Orleans prior to our departure but it did not stop the party.
There was lots of line dancing on the cruise beginning with the first day. They really like to party on Carnival Cruise Lines. I don’t think we had departed just yet. Wobble wobble!
This was our view from our cabin. It was small but cozy.
After disembarking from the ship, I just had to take a photo of the water. It was so beautiful and blue.
Prior to arriving in Cozumel, we planned an excursion to San Gervasio (Mayan ruins), an archaeological site of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization in the northern part of Cozumel. I enjoy learning, so a little bit of history is always good. We had a fabulous tour guide by the name of Moy. He has been doing this work for 15 years or more. I don’t remember exactly. The ruins were once a center of worship of the goddess Ix Chel, deity of the moon, childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. Pre-Columbian Mayan women would travel to San Gervasio and make offerings at least once in their lives. In 1560, the Spanish historian, Diego Lopez de Cogolludo, wrote: “The pilgrims arrive at Cozumel for the fulfillment of their vows to offer their sacrifices, to ask help for their needs, and for the mistaken adoration of their false gods.”
It was above 80 degrees. Bug spray was a must!
After the ruins we made a quick trip to El Pescador beach. I must say, this was a great get-a-way. It was just the boost that I needed. I am grateful for all of my blessings, and a husband who loves to travel. He helps me to focus on enjoying life. Have you traveled anywhere exciting lately? Have a blessed week!
Peace and Blessings,