Where? How? When?
How to plan a runaway.
We came home from a sweet holiday that went sour. The Italians have a saying: La Dolce Vita. Which means the sweet life. With all the economic situation in Italy the way it is, the saying has changed to: La Dolce Vita e Finita. The sweet life is over!
When life gets tough the tough get going. Where are they going to go? So . . . .
I started planning my run away and so did my Italian husband. I would plan on leaving my empty nest. Questions I asked myself: Where would I go? How would I get there? When would I leave? What would I take? How long would I stay? How much money would I need? What do I really really want?
Planning a trip for a holiday is one thing. Planning a runaway for an extended period of time, totally different.
Where would I go? How much would it cost?
- Divorce - That was my first option. Take half the money and get the heck out of here. So I started my realtor.ca research. Living in a condo - you need to pay condo fees. I had no income. Getting my Canada Pension Plan in a couple of years wouldn't cover food, shelter and transportation. So I'd have to give up my car. Which lead to me look for a condo on (YYC-Calgary) Calgary's C Train line (public transportation).
- Volunteer - To teach English. Over a couple of weeks I read what I could and came across a reputable company. When I filled out their questionnaire about where to volunteer. I was shocked at the place it chose for me due to my age, likes and qualities. Naples Italy! That's where my husband is from. Really, why not. That's the best place I could be. I understand Neapolitan a bit. I love Italy. Let's see what happens. But that's only for a few weeks. Hence I could leave for a couple of weeks to a month. (Funny movie I've watched in the past: Shirley Valentine - she ran away to Greece for 2 weeks)
- Snowbird - I could become a snowbird for a month in Arizona. That would cost a minimum of $2000.00 a month plus car rental, food and entertainment. Live in Mexico for 3 months. Not sure how much that would cost. For more than a moth without family around that wouldn't be fun.
- I will expand on the other ideas I came up with. Such as living in a retirement center ($3500.00 a month)
But for now my time is limited on what activities I can and can not do with my time AS I'M stuck here looking after a man who thinks he's invincible. A man who is very impatient. That man is my Neapolitan husband.
He has a concussion. Broken both wrists. One had to be reset. Two types of casts. One plaster and one fiberglass. Going to see a surgeon to see if he'll need surgery as he crushed a few bones on the wrist of the arm he uses to work with. To stop the impact of hitting his head on a brick wall playing indoor soccer.
Just before this happened, he was planning his running away too!! Now he's stuck with me. No driving for 2 months. He needs me for just about everything.
Happy husband, happy home, happy wife oh what a wonderful life!!
Do you think My Big G is trying to tell us something! Our daughter said to us "You two are meant to stay together. Pa, when the Dr tells you to be kind to your wife, take it seriously. If that's all you learn from this situation let that be your lesson!"
Last November he was pulling up my pants after breast cancer surgery. This year I am pulling up his pants. Who is wearing the pants in this family? My Big G is telling us to be kind and take care of each other.
I hope you look forward to further updates. We have much to be thankful for. So I'll focus on being grateful as I missed the Canadian Thanksgiving while on holiday in Italy.
p.s. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.