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CAROL PERKINS: New Family Tradition, Year II, with Eme

The Perkins carry on New Family Tradition, taking a Grands + one grandchild on vacation. Last year it was Ireland with Luke. This year, it was Hawaii with Eme. - CAROL PERKINS, remembering an encounter in Cozumel
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By Carol Perkins

You might remember that last year Guy and I started a new family tradition. Rather than going on our annual beach vacation that included our adult children, their spouses, and the grandchildren, we had a new plan. We decided to take one grandchild, starting with the oldest, with us on a vacation. In doing so, this would give us time to get to know them much better than being with them in a group.

Last year our oldest, Luke, went with us to Ireland. As soon as we got back, the next in line, Eme, declared that she knew where she wanted to go. Luke said, "You don't get to choose; you go where they want to go." She made it known that she wanted to go to Hawaii. At her age, I had no idea about ever going beyond the Kentucky line. Guy thought about her request for the next few months and announced that he would like to go back to Pearl Harbor. About twenty years ago, we did four islands in ten days, spending very little time on each. "This time I want to stay on Oahu." I immediately went to work on the details.

Remembering that Wheel of Fortune once broadcasted from the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach, I researched and decided that would be a great place to stay. Then I made a very wise decision; I turned all the plans over to Greg Gore at Cruise Planners in Cave City. (He plans more than cruises!) Before too long, Greg came up with a very affordable package that included flights, hotel, and a car rental. Eme was getting her wish and her Papa Guy was getting his. The only problem we faced was making a connection with Eme. "We'll have to fly to Austin and then fly to LAX from Austin and then from LAX to Hawaii," I told Guy. "She is too young to fly alone to meet us." So we flew to Austin, spent the night near the airport, and left for Hawaii the next day, which happened to be Eme's twelfth birthday!

Accustomed to Southwest and more appreciative of them than ever, we flew another airline to LA and on to Hawaii. In choosing our seats, I thought it odd that for the price of the ticket, we had a certain section from which to choose. If we wanted to "upgrade" and have six more inches of leg space instead of "four" we could pay an additional $100 per person. The more leg space, the higher the price. I did not upgrade, but the amount of allotted space was unbelievably tight. A lady in front of Eme laid her seat back making the trip even more miserable for Eme. I wanted to do like the little boy in the commercial and kick the back of the seat but didn't want to attract any federal marshals or embarrass Eme. "I'll never fly this airline again unless I take a sleeping pill," I told Guy. On the way home, we flew all night and none of us slept a wink.

Once we arrived and secured our rental, we noticed the car had no GPS, so I plugged in the address on my iPhone, and we ended up in a park near Diamond Head. Guy was not amused. I gave him a look that said to remember who was in the backseat, and we began circling until we saw the entrance to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It was even more magnificent that I had seen on TV. After turning, we passed shops after shops lining the entrance that led to the open-air check-in area. Immediately after stepping out of the car at the valet, which we did only one night, the sound of the ocean and coolness of the breeze engulfed us. We were truly in paradise and would spend the next seven days discovering all it offered. We could relax when we got back to Edmonton.

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Family tradition, Year II, in Hawaii with granddaughter Eme

2017-07-07 - Oahu, Hawaii - Photo by Carol Perkins.
Carol & Guy Perkins continued a new family tradition, going on vacation with one grandchild. Last year it was Ireland with Luke. This year, granddaughter Eme chose Hawaii. Above Eme and Guy photo on Oahu, Hawaii. - Carol Perkins

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