We have talked for some time about the goal of taking Elaine to Denver to let her show us the area of her youth and reconnect with her only remaining family here on earth. We wanted to see where she lived, went to school, was married, and the homes her father built. We had tentatively planned it for the summer, but all of a sudden memorial day was the next weekend, and we didn't have plans, so we decided to take a trip to Denver to see Gay and Thelma's graves and let Gma show us her stomping grounds as a child. Flights were secured, a hotel room and a rental car reserved.
We flew into the Denver International Airport (map), arriving late Sunday night. We collected our car and found the hotel and room. It was a Quality Inn, but they only had a smoking room available. We were tired, and they promised they would move us to a non-smoking room in the morning, so we stayed. The innkeeper said they would give us some spray to alleviate the smell, but it really didn't help. Somehow we made it through the night. In the morning, we had a full, hot breakfast and started off for the day.
Our family history is perhaps the most significant hidden treasure in our lives. Does that sound like an exaggeration? Perhaps it appears that way, but consider for a moment where we get our happiness, and who it is that brings meaning to our lives...family. Why do we work all day, everyday so we can come home to enjoy a few minutes with those we love?...family. Why do we save pictures, and notes and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions?... family. How could we not extend those moments out to enjoy now and for eternity. Family is our most priceless treasure.