To Love or Not Love
Was it love or infatuation? The tears wouldn't stop flowing and the trip home is taking forever! Rachel is no spring chicken but the years have been kind to her. She has the body of an athlete and the face of a model.
Rachel Lewis is a 44 year old mocha colored single mother of two beautiful daughters, Megan and Anna. She works as a department store manager for the local store, Top Sport’s Apparel. For 10 years, Rachel’s main focus is on raising her babies and excelling on the job. Being single is the least of her concerns. Until she realizes that all her friends have significant others sending them flowers and ...view middle of the document...
I can’t renege because the trip to Hawaii is a gift from Kali. There is no turning back! I am stuck and fear grips me like a bear hug, squeezing the air from my lungs. I gulp a little chardonnay to calm my nerves.
Ironically, during dinner the girls question me on my plans. They hate leaving me alone and remind me of their ages. Meagan is 15 and Anna is 13. Sadness takes over because she realizes the years are quickly passing. Rachel holds back the tears as she shares her plans. The girls are rejoicing and speak in unison, “Go, Stella! Enjoy life and stop being such a mommy.” Rachel can’t believe her ears! She always thought that her dating would make them think less of her. A sigh of relief escaped Rachel’s lips.
The two days flew by! The girls and Rachel went to the mall to update her wardrobe prior to their departure to California. The next morning boarding her flight, anticipation engulfs Rachel and sleep isn't in the plans. She imagines the sand, the water and the luau, historic monuments, and so much more. Kali has booked the ultimate Hawaii experience tour and is insisting on Rachel going beyond the hotel walls.
As the plane lands, Rachel see the beautiful view and feels like a kid in a Toys R Us. At the baggage claim, she sees a gentleman holding up a card displaying her name. It is just like Kali to plan down to the smallest detail. The ride relaxes Rachel even the more! A smile replaces the usual frown as she eagerly accepts her lei and drink from the hotel greeters. Rachel commits to enjoying all that Hawaii has to offer! She is led to her room and decides to shower before dinner. Rachel puts all her clothes away and stands on the balcony in awe. Maui is breath taking and the smell is very tropical.
The delightful dinner is awesome and each bite explodes with each bite. She chews it slowly and tastes the fresh pineapples. Rachel decides to turn in early. Her thought is to be refreshed for her first tour of the volcanoes and whale watching.
As she approaches the elevator, Rachel trips and lands flat on the spotless floor. Embarrassment burns through her make up! A hand is extended towards her and she gracefully accepts it. Wow! The handsome gentleman standing before her was in his early 50's and his grey...