Wednesday 2nd August
Awakening super early this morning, because we’re still on UK time, we watched the television news reporting flooding in Miami the previous evening and cars still abandoned in streets with over a foot of water. In some parts, 8.7 inches of rain fell, with thunder and lightning. No wonder our flight had been bumpy, and was forced to fly a route south, almost halfway to Cuba, back over the Keys and Everglades, before coming into Miami ~ all to avoid the storm.
Having collected our hire car, we drove along the Dolphin Expressway, then onto the Florida Turnpike all the way to Orlando where we’ll be for a week.
We first came to Orlando in the summer, in 1996 with you and your brother, and back again most years since, and a for a few Christmases too. You loved the place, and had so much fun here: the theme parks with their white knuckle rides, water parks, shopping, food, different television programmes, and people watching.
We so wish you were with us now, complete with itinerary clutched in your hand, your face beaming with expectant excitement, and pocket money for comics, books and DVD’s.
This is the first time we’ve been back in Orlando since the summer of 2014, your last visit here. It feels strange, a little quiet without you, and a lot less fun. But we’ve brought along Frankie Angel bear and the Grinch; so you’re with us in spirit, and always, always in my heart.
Miss you each and every day
Love you forever
Darling Angel son
Late evening sun, at our resort in Orlando, August 2014. You had found a book about horses and ponies