I spent a few hours today researching condos in Bahia, Brazil for a 3-week trip I have coming up in early May, but to be honest, all I can focus on is my upcoming trip to Barbados in less than a month. As I mentioned in last week's post, going back to Bim reminds me of a lot of things, but mostly of my grandmother Ivy whom I miss very much. That's her above. Isn't she a cutie? (Yes, I'm biased.)
The last time I was in Barbados was in January 2011 with my husband and my mom. (The picture above is of my bee-yoot-ee-ful mother circa 1970-something.) The last time I was in Barbados with both my mom and my grandmother was when I was around 12. Like most people who have lost someone they love, I wish my grandmother was here today (in body) so that I could show my adoration for her in the same way that she showed her adoration for me. We could traipse around Barbados together, sit in the sea together, and just be together. But since that is not to be, I'm happy that she is always here with me in spirit. When I'm in Barbados chilling out at The Club Barbados this March, she'll be with me there too, sipping on a gin and tonic.
One of these days, I'd like to gather my entire Bajan-American family and go to Barbados for a roots reunion so that we're all there at the same time; particularly with my cousin Ivy, my grandmother's namesake and one of my uncle's two daughters. That's her pretty face above. I think it would be pretty meaningful to travel to Barbados with another beloved Ivy. ;-)
|Yours truly feeding Ivy on her first visit to California|
My trip to Barbados is coming up soon. Clearly, it's dredging up a lot of memories. Thanks for reading. I'm not sure why, but I'll share more later.
|In Barbados getting my ski on...|
outside the wake. ;-)