Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland
Last week, following a three-day meeting in Miami, I decided to visit my mother. So I rented a car and drove over to Ft. Myers Beach on Florida’s West Coast. I called her first, so she would have time to get “prettied up.” No surprise visits! That’s a long-standing rule in our family. I arrived around noon after a peaceful drive through the Everglades on what they call Alligator Alley. She was not only all spruced up, she had already prepared a nice lunch with some of my faves – including split pea soup with chunks of ham, toasted cheese sandwich with fresh tomato and a hint of mustard – and some diet Snapple, the raspberry tea variety.