By Maeve Binchy
After many satisfied years of marriage and elevating a kinfolk, Brian and Kathleen without warning locate themselves a piece misplaced in existence. Midwesterners who’ve by no means traveled, Kathleen makes a decision that what she and Brian desire is a holiday, and with assistance from an enthusiastic go back and forth agent she plans a visit to eire looking for her roots. In attractive, old fashioned Lisdoonvarna, to the couple’s shock, they locate themselves in the course of a joyous every year accumulating devoted to celebrating the lifestyles and paintings of a overdue Irish poet, and so they rediscover whatever even more very important than facts of long-dead ancestors: their love for every different and for all times itself.
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His face was gray; his mind was miles away. Brian was more of a shadow than a man. So I did it all. I found his passport. I checked our savings account to see how much we could spend and then I went to the Snappy Seniors’ Travel Agency to discuss dates and venues with one of their Vacation Buddies. His name was Chester. He was Chief Vacation Buddy in this branch, and he would have been a happy camper no matter where he had been sent on vacation. There wasn’t really time, we agreed, for a cruise, if all we had was a week in summer.
And the main thing was, it would be a distraction. We wouldn’t be left on our own, facing each other with nothing left to say, forced to admit the emptiness of our lives. It wasn’t men in tuxedos and women in gowns leaning on a ship’s railing, but a lot of these people had fairly playful eyes. You got a sense that there might be a fair amount of flirting in this lot, if you know what I mean. If not now, then in the past. They had all been coming here for years and years, apparently, to dance in squares and roam the countryside.
I asked. “Limerick, I think. ” He was good, Chester was. He didn’t want us to spend our whole vacation stuck in a city looking up people who’d been dead for hundreds and hundreds of years. If my husband was ill, if he was difficult to please and in a bit of shock, Chester said this wasn’t the kind of restful holiday we needed. Maybe we should consider the neighboring county, County Clare. There are lovely drives around the Burren, unusual plants to see, castles to look at, porpoises and dolphins in the Atlantic, for the days that we don’t spend looking up my roots.