So Close to Paradise (updated)

My son Boh and his family live in Nashville, TN. Both he and my daughter-in-law travel some with their jobs, and they ended up taking a business trip to St. Petersburg and were able to bring along Luke, my, at that time, three-year-old grandson. I knew they were staying at St. Pete Beach and planned to visit them during the day. Boh called early and suggested I come on out to the hotel and have breakfast with them on the beach. Good idea! More time with Boh, Jeri, and Luke. The drive from my home to the beach was only a twenty-minute drive so I was there in no time. I parked in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn and ambled through the lobby. Boh had told me they were eating on the beach. As I exited the door to the patio area where breakfast was being served, I suddenly felt as though I was Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” as she stepped into the Technicolor magic kingdom. Was it possible that I was still in Florida and had driven only twenty minutes to arrive at this paradise on Earth or had I been magically transported to Hawaii? It certainly didn’t look this tropical at my house on 15th Avenue North. The visit with my family was fantastic, as always, but the realization that I live so very near paradise was a revelation.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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