Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Romantic Vacation

     With Kenneth being a dairy farmer, vacations have never been a normal thing for him.   Unfortunately, cows have to be milked twice a day, every day, all year long, so getting him away from the farm has always been like pulling teeth; I had to drag him kicking and screaming.  Okay, maybe I exaggerate just a little, but let's just say he didn't go very often. 

     When our son was little he and I together would occasionally talk Kenneth into a short vacation and the three of us would get away for 2 or 3 days.  After Tim grew up, Kenneth and I would sometimes try to get away for our anniversary for a nice romantic weekend.

     Once I can tear Kenneth away from the farm, we always manage to have a wonderful time together and much to his surprise, the farm always manages to get along just fine without him.  Even though they have always been too short, we have managed to have some really nice romantic vacations together.  This is the story of one of those romantic weekends that didn't turn out quite as planned.

     We had reservations at a nice hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN.    We checked in the first day with plans to stay 3 or 4 nights.  That night we walked around the shops and ate a nice dinner in one of the local restaurants.   Bright and early the next day we headed out of town to Dollywood.  It was a beautiful day but really hot and if you have ever been to Dollywood you know it is miles and miles of walking up and down hill.   I'll note here that this was several years ago and we were much younger.  All in all, we had a fun day and took in all the sights and sounds of Dollywood.  We were having a great time together and laughed and talked as we headed back into town after a long day.  We were hot, tired and very hungry so the first thing we did upon reaching Pigeon Forge was find a place to eat.  We decided to go to the 50s style diner that is right in the middle of town on the main strip. 

     We had been seated, had ordered and received our food.   It was so cold in there I was shivering, but even that couldn't put a damper on my happiness.  And then it happened.  In the blink of an eye a perfect day went from magical to horrible.

     All I did was try to get up out of my chair and the pain hit me like a knife stabbing my spine.  Not only was the pain excruciating but I couldn't straighten up.  So much for a romantic vacation.

     I wish I could say it got better and we were able to finish our weekend, but that didn't happen.  Sadly, we had to come home early with me laying in the backseat because I couldn't straighten up and couldn't stand the pain sitting up.     Not exactly the romantic getaway I had planned.

     This wasn't the first, nor the last time my back problems have upset plans, but it was definitely the most disappointing time.

Until next time...that's my view.
Kat
    

22 comments:

  1. Gosh, just goes to show in life we shouldn't have too many expectations. Let this lay where they land. Even if it's flat on your back. So sorry!

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    1. Life does seem to have a way of surprising us when we least expect it!

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  2. So sorry that happened, it sounded like a great time up until that point.

    I worked with a young woman once who was clueless about livestock and was surprised when it came up in conversation (our boss was from a small town in Wisconsin) that you still need to milk on Christmas. Him explaining to her that the cows will come looking for YOU if you don't take care of them.

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    1. Yes, it was up until that point! Yes, unfortunately, cows don't like to be ignored and if they aren't milked twice a day can become sick and totally useless as a milk cow.

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  3. That sounds terrible (but up to that point, how nice!). I feel for you and the recurrent back troubles and hope your next romantic vacation get away, the back troubles stay at home!

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    1. Thank you Amy. I sure hope so to!

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  4. So the lesson here is ... for the romantic week-ends, no walking all day! ♥

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  5. So sorry you only had half of a romantic vacation. Next time maybe you need to find a romantuic beach to sit on all day?

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    1. That would be wonderful! Thanks!

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  6. Too bad your trip was spoiled. Bad backs can be really painful. I have been to Dollywood and had a health catastrophe with my mom on the way home from there. Her lungs filled up with fluid and she had to be air lifted from Corbin, KY to Lexington, KY for emergency dialysis. I loved Dollywood, but mom almost dying was scary. Loved hearing your story.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, Kathy. Your health problem was much worse than mine. I'm so sorry your vacation ended that way.

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  7. That stinks. At least you were able to enjoy that day first. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm so glad you made it by. There are so many good bloggers in the challenge. Thank you Sylvia.

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  8. Aw ... I'm so sorry! My back freezes up periodically. The most notable, or memorable at least, was when I was 19 and living in a college dorm. I went to the bathroom and sat myself down upon the toilet. My back promptly went out and I literally could NOT stand up! At 19 I refused to holler for help from a TOILET so I sat there until the spasm released. As I recall it was hours but it's possible that the story has been somewhat enhanced by the passage of time! Either way it was unpleasant!

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    1. Beth, that is horrible that you sat there that long. Back problems are no fun!

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  9. I'm sorry, Kat!I blame it on the freezing temperature in the diner! Hope you've seen the last of the episodes with your back. ;)

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    1. I kind of thought it might have had something to do with being so hot when we came in and then it being so cold in there. Not sure if that could have effected it or not. XOXO

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