Here I go!

I've been told many times over the years that I should write travel guide books, but this is as close as I plan to come to that!

Since getting my first passport at age 43, I have gotten to go places in this world that I never dreamed of seeing, and I'm an inveterate note taker. My travels since 1986 have been as a professional travel agent...which only increased that note taking. I hope to share some of the things I've found interesting for one reason or another -- maybe for cultural or historic reasons, maybe just beautiful, maybe ultra good, maybe just hilarious. And sometimes just because I liked it, related to travel or not.

My speciality in the travel business is Italy, though I handle travel pretty much worldwide..and if I don't keep up with a particular area, one of the great agents in my office does. See www.sallywatkins.com for more about the professional side of my life.

Your comments and shared tips are very welcome! I truly believe "we get by with a little help from our friends."

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wisdom from an unexpected source

Though my former husband and I have been divorced for 27 years and he has been remarried for some of them, all three of us go as grandparents to our son's house in DC at Easter and often do things together when the kids are visiting in Austin. Last year Thanksgiving Dinner was for all of us at my house...and Christmas Dinner will be that way this year. We are indeed 'family.'

But I never expected Demi Moore - or the Liz Smith "Personalities" column - to be the source that expressed my feelings about that much better than I have ever managed to.

The blurb was talking about the fact that Moore and her (younger) husband, and Bruce Willis and his (younger) girlfriend, and the three Moore-Willis daughters had Thanksgiving together and will be together at Christmas. Moore's quoted comment was: "I think the key to any past is that you recognize and hold on to what you loved and what you gained, and you don't attach yourself to what you've lost."

Amen! Life is so much more pleasant this way.

2 comments:

Katie Parla said...

What a beautiful post. I just got back from picking out a Christmas with my parents (divorced 27 years!) and was touched by their ability to take part in that family ritual in such a peaceful and natural way.

Diana said...

Hi Sally! So happy to see you blogging. As you can imagine I certainly can agree with and honor traditions which bring people together despite their personal differences and histories. But then again, I suspect you are a forgiving person by nature and give easily. Which makes it SO much easier for your entire family. I really do believe that love is expansive.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts here!!