“Mom, I don’t want to go to the beach. I wan’t to play in the snow!” That’s what my nephew said to my sister as we were packing our clothes for the week end to stay at Mom’s house in Pebble Beach. My sister said to him, “Go ask your Yaya Hon, not me.” Then, I heard my nephew running down from there bedroom to mine. “Yaya, can I go play in the snow? Please…” I didn’t know what to say, we’ve already made arrangement with Mom. And so I called up mother and asked if she has plans for the week end. She said she’s supposed to drive up to Napa Valley with Dad Aldo should we decide not to come. And soon as I heard her say that, I decided to cancel our trip to the beach house and opt for a trip up Lake Tahoe. If our dear Nicholas wants snow, it’s snow he gets!
Right away, I emptied my duffle bag and replaced my cotton shirts with some sweat shirts, thermals and fleece jackets. In about two hours, we were already driving down Highway 99 with Maxwell (the SUV). Minutes down the road, my sister asked if it’s alright to invite her in-laws family to join us. I figured out that I made two room reservations at the Avalon Lodge and still have enough sitting space in the car, so it should be fine. We drove by there house to picked them up, had a quick breakfast and we were back driving down the free way.
Took us about three and half hours to get to Lake Tahoe. We checked in the hotel and changed into warmer clothes. We didn’t waste any time and went to the nearby snow park. The children were excited and Nicholas jumped into the snow without having any second thoughts. He even made a snow man for me. He said, “Yaya, this is you. For making me happy!” I was lost in words, as the sculpture he made had a huge tummy (like me). I had to laugh it all out, Hahaha!
My sister and her in-laws were busy entertaining the kids. So I sneeked out and took my time taking photos, then later took the Gondola (cable care) ride up the mountain to enjoy the view. The only word to describe it is… breath taking. Feels like heaven to me, no kidding!
Then for dinner, we all had one dish in mind — Hot Soup. Off we were to the nearest Hot Pot Restaurant and enjoyed a hearty warm meal with the family. The next day, on our way home. We decided to make one last stop at another snow park (again). Looks like my nephew could not have enough of sledding, that he even did one just by himself. He sure was very proud of himself . That on our drive back, he was on the phone with his lolo and lola bragging about his adventure. It really was one awesome trip, that I totally forgot all about my previous day (depression) jitters.
Who would have thought that it only took a jolly boy and a trip up to Lake Tahoe to get rid of all my worries? I didn’t have to takes any medication or have hours session with my shrink. What I got is way better, like some sort of natural high. Simply by having all these wonderful people around and keeping this very positive attitude in mind.
I’m starting to believe what dear, Aristotle, once said — That happiness does depend on ourselves!