The vestiges of summer days nearly gone, the excitement of Newlywed Love it's own climate here in the Heart of Ohio. Puppy Babysitting begins tomorrow leaving a final day for the bride and groom to pack for their excursion to Hawaii where they will be married.
My husband and I dropped off TSG's very twirly wedding dress and shoes at Joe's house warning him not to peek while Kellye is at work. Grinning from ear to ear, we could tell Joe was eager to share the itinerary of the Wedding Party. Joe's oldest sister and youngest sister will be accompanying them to Hawaii.
Joe gleefully produced for us a map of Maui to peruse as he said these words to the Mother-of-the-Bride, "I'm a little worried about Kellye handling the 3,000 ft descent into the volcano."
Suddenly the list of pre-wedding shopping items my daughter ticked off to me begins to make sense. Cargo pants that unzip, Indiana Joes fedora, heavy duty sunscreen ...... "VOLCANO!!!!!" I exclaimed. "You are hiking into a volcano the day BEFORE you get married????"
I swear to you Joe's grin became wider. "It says in the guide book the temperatures can be extreme. From sudden heat bursts over 100* to torrential downpours. I'm trying to decide if we should choose the SEVEN mile hike or the TEN mile hike." At this point visions of "Joe VS the Volcano" are flashing through my mind with my daughter as the virginal sacrifice to the volcano gods.
"We're going to be camping out overnight!" continues Joe. "There's a hotel at the bottom of the volcano?" I hopefully ask as Joe unrolls before me a rubber mat. Apparently not hearing me he responds, "I've got one for each of us. They're nice and cushy!"
As my husband helped me get into our car to drive away, I was already mentally making a list of questions to ask my daughter about her upcoming nuptials, "Do you have hiking boots and band aids?"
"Aloha!" Joe and Kellye. We love you with all our hearts! Mom and Dad