In October 2010, my dear wife Karen and I took our dream vacation. To celebrate our anniversary, we hopped on a plane to her hometown of Los Angeles and stayed a night so we could poke around her old haunts some. The next morning went to the LA airport to meet Syracuse friends Julie and Aaron, who’d gone to visit his LA-area-living mom. And we all boarded the jet to Honolulu, where we got on the Norwegian ship for eight nights of island-hopping in paradise.
I bought a Hawaiian-themed calendar as one of Karen’s Christmas presents for four years straight as a marvelous reminder.
But this year we cut down on the gift-giving, and that was one of the items I cut. My hopes were to pick it up at the temporary kiosk at Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA. But when Karen and I arrived there in early January, they’d sold out of the Hawaii calendar. Apparently, we’re not the only Central New Yorkers who get our island fix flipping monthly.
Karen said she’d repeatedly spotted a suitable, similar-sized replacement hanging out for the taking at SMG, apparently sent in a pile through a business relationship.
On the wall it went.
Its black-and-white photo caught January around these parts very well.
When we flipped to February, the sunflower jumped off the wall. Perfect. That particular flower will always be dear to my wife. It was the favorite of beloved daughter Danielle.
March’s turn was a wild spiral of a ride.
This is one colorful calendar.
I refuse to look ahead, preferring to discover what we’ll have on our kitchen wall one turn of the page at a time.
Next year, I do believe 12 months of Hawaii may be back on my gift-giving list. No offense, new calendar company.
What’s your favorite calendar theme, and why? Where do you place a calendar if you use one, and why? Where is your dream vacation, and why?