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The first plan for attending our daughter's boyfriend's "Winging" fell through, but it wasn't us... his flight schedule got changed and the ceremony postponed... No way can we wait in the designated (planned) pick-up spot for another MONTH! We've gotta get SOUTH! The Bahamas await! We were going to miss it, an unfortunate casualty of the cruising life...
So when he called us late one night less than two weeks prior to the new date and said in that special tone... You know the one... "It's totally OK if you can't make it but I would REALLY love for you to come" (Read: If you don't move heaven and earth to be here for this, you'll be REALLY SORRY!) What could we do???
In the morning, I got online and arranged for a place to leave the boat (a few towns south), rental car and a hotel room in Pensacola. Oh... and all of this would be kept secret from my daughter so we could surprise her at the last minute when we suddenly show up after all.
There is really no reason for us to be rushing to the Bahamas other than our desire to be out of the cold weather, so taking a little side trip to be in attendance for an important family event was no burden, in fact.,, it was suddenly growing in importance. Our daughter was in for an even bigger surprise when she pinned on those wings. Whispers of "Will you marry me" are in the air and I think it's gonna happen!
a week here back in the frigid winter of our first months cruising. Tomorrow was gonna be FUN... I could hardly sleep!
The day could not have gone better. We shared surprises, laughter and hopes as our two families began to form bonds secured by that circle of white gold on my daughter's finger.
Our hearts were swelling with pride as our baby prepared to leave the nest and fly with her Love towards a bright future... born on Wings of Gold.