Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of HomeAway but all opinions expressed here are mine.
It is 5 o’clock. The sun is beginning to set and the day is drawing to a close. She is wondering when he will return home. She searches the vast ocean for a hint of his whereabouts, but the waves show no clue in their relentless crests.
She wonders what he is thinking. She wonders if they will spend their first holiday together. She is hopeful since they have only been married for a few months and moving across the country only to be left lonely wasn’t on her wish list.
She knows it is for the benefit of the country but sometimes she wishes her name was America.
She goes to the mailbox and opens it. She pulls out bills, flyers, newspapers, and out slips a white envelope written in his hand. She smiles. She places it to her nose with hopes that it smells like him. She waits to open it because she isn’t sure if it is filled with good news or bad.
She wants to pretend it is filled with hope, holidays, silly stories, and love.
She opens the white envelop slightly yellowed in transit or by salted air only to skim until she lands on the one word she doesn’t want to see.
He is sorry he will not be home for their first holiday. He will be home before and after but not on. She begins to tear but then, she thinks about all the other sailors who will not make it home at all. She realizes it isn’t the date that matters, everyday is a holiday when you are with the person you love.
She is grateful for each day.
That is why it is my pleasure to share such an incredible opportunity with you.
Frommer’s 6 for 60 Veterans Family Vacation Contest
In honor of Memorial Day, Frommer’s Travel Guides is celebrating 60 years of business by partnering with HomeAway for their “6 for 60” contest, to give six very deserving Veterans and their families a much needed family vacation.
The winning families can choose from one of six HomeAway vacation rentals; which includes airfare for four family members.
The winners of the “6 for 60” contest can pick from six destinations:
Rincón, Puerto Rico is a five bedroom 4.5 bath that is within walking distance to restaurants and entertainment, complete with a private pool.
Orlando, Florida offers a fun “Frozen” themed seven bedroom, six bath house. This property comes complete with a private theater, heated pool and spa, along with a splash pad.
Sonoma, California offers a luxurious 3+ acre space in a gated community, surrounded by vineyards. It is located near several wineries as well.
Verona, Italy offers a newly built Villa, that sleeps seven with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. This property is surrounded by vineyards, and scenic hills. It also offers a short drive to local beaches and amusement parks.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina offers a seven bedroom, eight bathroom home with an elevator. Staying here means you are less than 90 yards from the beach.
London, England offers a five bedroom house in South West England. This property can comfortably house up to 10 people.
This is an amazing opportunity to gift any amazing Military Family you may know. If you want to nominate very deserving Veterans and their families, you can nominate them here.