A Canadian writer — who said his mother-in-law always dreamed of seeing her “fantasy island” Bermuda but died before she had the chance — has told how he and his wife visited Bermuda and took a small bag of the island’s sand with them to “deliver a bit of Bermuda” to her grave.
The Windsor Star’s Gord Henderson wrote: “Catherine, my late mother-in-law, never made it to her fantasy island. The dream of seeing Bermuda, the one and only item on her bucket list, died with her when her heart gave out in 1999, just days before the millennium she was so eager to witness.
“This week, in a belated and forlorn attempt to set it right, my wife and I delivered a bit of Bermuda to Catherine’s grave at Heavenly Rest in South Windsor. The small plastic bag, filled with fine, white sand scooped from tranquil Grotto Bay on Bermuda’s north coast, must have made quite the initial impression when airport security scanned our luggage.
“Still, we learned one thing from this too-brief expedition. Catherine was on the right track in wanting to see Bermuda. That tiny fishhook-shaped chain of limestone islands perched atop the dead rim of an ancient volcano far out in the Atlantic Ocean, more than a thousand kilometres off the coast of North Carolina, is something special.”
“I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like in its tourism ‘heyday’ of the 1950s and 1960s because it’s still a gem…” said Mr Henderson. Calling Bermuda “pure eye-candy”, the writer said the “old-fashioned politeness and warmth” in Bermuda is “like no other place I’ve been.”
He ends the article by saying his mother-in-law would have “cherished this place.” Read the full article here on the Windsor Star.
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