Ahh, Aruba ... but with Your Mom? Either youAEll Kill Each Other or Make Lifelong Memories If You Could Spend Four Days in Aruba with Your Mom, Would You Go?

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 25, 2009 | Go to article overview

Ahh, Aruba ... but with Your Mom? Either youAEll Kill Each Other or Make Lifelong Memories If You Could Spend Four Days in Aruba with Your Mom, Would You Go?


Byline: Jamie Sotonoff jsotonoff@dailyherald.com

My mom called me at work one wintry weekday and suggested we take a four-day trip to Aruba together u just the two of us.

As she spoke, I glanced out the window and saw it snowing for the 800th time. I looked at my pasty white skin. I felt a wave of tired roll over me from working two jobs and raising two little kids with no real break. Before I knew it, I had uttered the word, "Sure."

Then I hung up the phone and panicked.

Could our very different personalities coexist 24/7? Would I be able to relax and enjoy a beautiful Caribbean island with my high-energy, high-maintenance, wacky, talkative and brutally blunt mother alongside me?

ItAEd either be quality time together and a much-needed sun-drenched getaway, or a fight-filled weekend that would land me in therapy for years.

It didnAEt start out well.

On the 4:45 a.m. ride to OAEHare, my mom was chatty and upbeat. I, on that other hand, was half-asleep and annoyed by everything she did (must we discuss the war in Iraq before 5 a.m.?).

During a layover in Atlanta, at 9 a.m. Chicago time, I bought a Chick-fil-A sandwich and fries, which prompted a nasty lecture about my bad eating habits.

"This is going to be four long days," I thought, rolling my eyes.

Things took a significant turn for the better, thanks to Delta Air Lines in-flight trivia game. On the screens in front of our economy seats, we became entrenched in a fun, but competitive rivalry with each other and the history buff in seat 19A.

Still, I wasnAEt convinced this trip was a good idea until I breathed the tropical air and walked through the automatic sliding doors of the newly renovated Marriott Aruba Resort and Stellaris Casino.

I instantly went from being unappreciative and bratty to grateful and giddy.

This is one of those resorts that gives you little reason to venture out: It has a spa, a casino, shopping and houses several restaurants, including a RuthAEs Chris Steak House, a sushi bar, an enormous buffet and a 24-hour counter where I could get a cookie or a can of pop and sign for it.

It was like an upscale cruise ship minus the tiny cabins and seasickness.

For those unfamiliar with Aruba, there are a few important things to know. First, itAEs always windy. ThatAEs good for mosquito-haters, but neat hair is out of the question. Ironically, the island rarely experiences hurricanes.

Second, Aruba is only a few miles off the coast of South America (Venezuela, to be precise). So, unless you catch one of the rare nonstop flights, plan on at least seven hours of flying time.

It doesnAEt feel much like a foreign country because everything is written and spoken in English, and there are many familiar American chains. But the island is actually Dutch, which is obvious in the architecture of downtown Oranjestad, the capital city where most commerce exists. The Old World European-styled buildings are punched up with bright Caribbean paint colors like pink, yellow and orange.

The island faced some bad publicity from the 2005 Natalee Holloway murder, but natives insist it was an isolated incident and Aruba is safe. It certainly feels safe. People are genuinely friendly, and not in that wanna-buy-a-souvenir? kind of way. Rarely do you see neAEer-do-wells lingering around the beaches or tourist areas. My mom and I found ourselves worrying far more about sunscreen than safety during our long weekend there.

Our first mother-and-daughter activity was a Snorkel Catamaran Cruise with DePalm. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Ahh, Aruba ... but with Your Mom? Either youAEll Kill Each Other or Make Lifelong Memories If You Could Spend Four Days in Aruba with Your Mom, Would You Go?
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.