We once met a couple who told us that they only posted the good things about cruising on their blog. Although that might make for 100% enjoyable reading, it doesn’t really paint the picture very realistically. The truth is, there are always very significant sacrifices that have to be made in order to do what we are doing, not the least of which is ending up extremely removed from family and friends. Yesterday, this sacrifice was really driven home for us when we received news of Rebecca‘s mother’s untimely passing after she was in a bad car accident.
Although we playfully butted heads on occasion, almost all of the things that I love about my wife I could see directly in her mom Pat. She had energy to no end, almost to the point of our joking about her being hyperactive. She was extremely athletic, even in her later years, taking up the challenge of learning to snowboard at the age of 55. Never afraid to try new things, we would frequently hear reports of her attempting new sports and being involved with new activities and fitness classes. Always caring, she was the first to offer help whenever it was needed. If anyone ever lived life to its fullest, it was Pat, and it shocks us all that she was taken so suddenly.
Sitting on a boat as we are, thousands of miles away from family, and receiving news like this first via a Facebook message and then subsequently via Skype, is obviously very hard. Rebecca felt very helpless last night, unable to run to the side of her grieving father and daughter. We are still, at this early stage, unaware of what will happen next but hope that we can somehow send our strength back home to Rebecca‘s dad Malcolm, our daughter Cass and the remainder of Harvey family.
RIP Pat Harvey
Four generations of Harvey women.
Rebecca and her mom enjoying time together on our boat.