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Strangers On A Plane: Vacation With Mom


This is the first time I’ve ever gone on a trip with just my mom and myself, and so far we’ve had a great time and some really good conversations. Over the last couple of days, I have learned, or rather re-learned, some important things about her.

My mom loves to go out and have a good time, so I’m glad that she was able to make the trip at the last minute. She is a lot more extroverted than I will ever be, and in her words she has “never met a stranger.”

She proved herself correct at the airport while waiting to leave St. Louis, by striking up conversation with a total stranger- who happened to have the same final destination as us, and was also going to the Cards vs Marlins game. It worked out well for us, as we ended up splitting the cost of parking with him (which was a good deal since the stadium garage was about $60 a car), and had a fun time that evening.

Had I been traveling alone, I never would have been bold enough to make the jump from small talk with a stranger to actually asking them to hang out/share a ride. During the course of the evening, she kept the conversation going, and for a while I started to get scared that she was trying to set me up with him like it was a date… Or for one in the future. That would have been super awkward. 🙂

That’s just one of the big differences between is, but also something I love about her.

After the excitement of going into Miami, we spent the rest of our short trip relaxing at the beach.

We did manage to visit Key Largo, and I remembered during the drive down that I hate being in the car when she is driving. It’s not that she isn’t a good driver, but does some kind of strange things, like forgetting to turn off the turn signal once she has changed lanes, and asking every few minutes what the next direction was- even while stuck in a traffic jam.

Overall, I’m glad we were able to take this short trip together. It was a fun experience, and while it wasn’t a solo trip like I originally wanted, I did have plenty of time to myself and didn’t feel like I had to make any real compromises on what I wanted to do or see.

Also, there’s always next time to take that real solo trip. 🙂

Responses (7)

  1. What a nice blog entry about your trip and the positive effect your mother had on the experience! Also, $60 for parking?! That’s crazy!

    • Katy says:

      Thanks Jamey! And yes, $60 for parking is pretty insane; I was pretty shocked and glad we ended up splitting the cost on that one.

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