The Paregien Journal – Issue 336 – June 20, 2016 – Stan Paregien, Editor
Peggy’s Mediterranean Cruise
One of the folks who has been a blessing to us since we moved to Florida, is a perky Christian lady named Evelyn Skliar. She was born in bonnie ol’ Scotland, spend her early childhood in Canada and then attended high school and college in Rochester, New York (N-e-w Y-o-r-k ??? Yep, New Yak.).
She has spent many years of her life working as a nurse on cruise ships for the Holland Line. Yes, I know, really tough duty. Yuk, yuk. And the last year or two, whenever she has her feet on Mother Earth, she often attends a women’s Bible study with my wife Peggy at our church in nearby Sarasota. Evelyn is of the Presbyterian persuaion, but — like us — enjoys the fellowship of a wide range of other Believers.
That brings us to the point of this essay: Several weeks ago Evelyn contracted to serve as a nurse on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. It would originate in Barcelona, Spain and would stop at three other ports in Spain, in Gibraltar, in Corsica, in Marseille, France, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and also at a port near Florence and Piza, Italy. They would then deboard at another port and fly out of Rome. Well and good.
Then she asked Peggy, “Do you suppose you would like to go with me on this cruise as my personal guest at no cost to you?”
Say what??? Hey, I’m not kidding. This would be a cruise of a lifetime for poor country folks like us, so I told her I’d hold down the fort here and keep our dog and flowers in a survival mode, if she wanted to go. I encouraged her to do so. And so she did.
Peggy and friend Evelyn individually took flights out of Sarasota, Florida on May 22, 2016 and met up at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain the night before their departure on the 2,500 passenger ship on May 24th. This part of the trip was not free, of course. But it was a pretty uneventful trip for Peggy from Florida to Toronto, Canada, then to Dublin, Ireland and then into Barcelona.
And so, . . . the great adventure finally ended. Peggy and Evelyn had a grand ol’ time, though Evelyn had seen most of the ports a number of times. For Peggy it was, indeed, the cruise of a lifetime. Thanks, Evelyn!