August 2014: Mother-Daughter Vacation in Martha’s Vineyard



Chronic Pain flare-up

Despite the fact that weeks before this scheduled trip, I was dealing with a pain flare-up in the right knee; I was going on the annual Mother-Daughter Vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

I have struggled with chronic pain since 1993 related to diagnosed conditions of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyaglia.  Over the years, I developed various self-management tools to control the pain levels.  However, my bone-on-bone knee pain needed either an injection or surgery.  And, neither was available before this vacation.

Since there was nothing I could do to make the “Pain Go Away”, my only option was to “Grin and Bare It” 

Wheelchair Transport Through the Airports

Since Hubby was not going, he ordered a wheelchair to transport me through the Orlando Airport.  This is a long walk through one terminal, a short train ride, and a longer walk through a second terminal.  Trust me the need for a wheelchair was the topic of more than one discussion in the days leading up to my departure.   Finally, I gave in.

My son picked me up at the Milwaukee Airport and we were off to meet-up with the daughters.  After the traditional hugs and kisses, they said, “Mama, you are limping.”  While the limp was noticeable, I am certain Hubby had telephoned with his concerns.

After discussing the pros and my cons of a wheelchair; I lost and they ordered one for the next leg of my trip.

When I arrived in Milwaukee, I was an “Unhappy Wheelchair Traveler”;  but, I left as the “Grumpy Wheelchair Traveler” as my 14-year-old grandson pushed me through the Milwaukee and Boston Airports.

Was it not just a few years ago that he depended on me to push him around in his stroller?  I was not ready for this.

Having someone push me around in a wheelchair was not a pleasant experience; and, I felt —

  • Stressed
  • Powerless
  • Depressed
  • Angry
  • Embarrassed

The Airline Flight

On the airplane and seated comfortably; I closed my eyes, breathed deeply, and let go of the negativity.

Through Self-Talk, Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance; I embraced and accepted the gift of wheelchair transports from my hubby, son, two daughters and grandson.

No longer did I feel —

  • Stressed, I enjoyed Relaxing
  • Powerless, I gained Power
  • Depressed, I discovered Peace
  • Angry, I achieved Happiness
  • Embarrassed,  I reflected Pride

 A Few of My Favorite Mother-Daughter Vacation Photos – 2014

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The 14-Year-Old Grandson, CJ with His Friend – Lunch on the Ferry

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The Ferry Deck

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First Night. First Order of Business – Glass of Wine

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My Play Daughter from Another Mother, My Youngest Daughter, and Their Two Boys Playing Monopoly on a Rainy Day

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The Moms Won

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Could This Be The Reason The Moms Won At Monopoly? IPhones, IPADS, Laptops, X-Boxes, etc.? I’m Just Saying!!

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Main Street – Downtown Oak Bluff

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Oak Bluff Pier

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Love The Old Vintage Homes on Main Street – Downtown Oak Bluff – Facing the Atlantic Ocean

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Lunch on The Upper Deck of Nancy’s Seafood with Grandson, Two of His Friends and the Daughters

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Surprise from The Daughters – My Favorite Appetizer Before the Crab Leg, Lobster and Shrimp Boil

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The Grandson CJ – Adding Crab Legs to the Boil

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It’s Crab Boil Night – Because CJ Hates Seafood, He Had A Burrito. His Friend Enjoyed the Crab Let Boil and the Burrito.

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Relaxing and Sitting on The Oak Bluff Pier


Look Up In The Sky – Air Force Helicopters Flying Over Prior to The President’s Vacation Visit in The Next Several Days.

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Beautiful Sunset View Sitting on The Front Porch


Last Night. Busy Week. Grandson Massaging Mom’s Feet. He Is Special!!!


Goodbye Rental House – See You In August 2015

10 thoughts on “August 2014: Mother-Daughter Vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

  1. Cousin, I’m so happy that you had a wonderful time with your daughters, grandkids and friends! Perhaps, it was just what you needed and God provided it! Love you!

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    • Thank you, cousin. Just getting things back to normal after the vacation as well as the exacerbated knee pain. Thankfully, the orthopedic doctor took pity, and I received a cortisone injection seven days ago. Grateful, that I am pain-free and back in physical therapy. Rejuvenated, re-invigorated, and rejoiced after church service this past week. Luv U.


  2. Knowing you to be the strong-willed woman that you are, I expected nothing but a positive report about your experience in the wheelchair at the end. 🙂 So happy for you and your family! Love the tradition! I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard, but I hope to make it one day. I love crab legs! 😀

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