Published February 10, 2019 by rochellewisoff

This week Karen has invited us to take a cruise to the British Virgin Islands for WHAT PEGMAN SAW. As I’ve been in quite the reflective mood lately, I’m sharing a memory. Here in the frozen Midwest the skies have been dreary and the roads icy. A trip to a tropical island is just the ticket for this sleety Sunday morning.

St. Thomas © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 150

St. Thomas © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Lush hills and tree-studded mountains surround St. Thomas like an imperial crown. Is it any wonder my son and his bride fell in love with the area? They exchanged their vows there and invited their parents to share the honeymoon.

            Later, my son told me they had planned to have the ceremony on a mountaintop so his mother wouldn’t be tempted to swim away. Who would do something so utterly rude on such a grand occasion?

            However nothing compared to the thrill of snorkeling along the underwater nature trail in Magen’s Bay in St. Thomas or exploring Water Lemon Cay in St. John.

            I feasted my gaze on purple fan coral, yellow tangs and crimson starfish. As water takes on the shape of its container, I took on the shape of the water in an indescribable oneness. Unfettered by the mundane, I embraced the sea and it welcomed me home.

“When we’re in the water, we’re not of this world.”
……Gertrude Ederle


  • This took me there! Thanks for the trip. I was right along with you, feeling and seeing all of it. I think you must have been a mermaid in a past life.

    So great to see you this sleety weekend. I’ve missed you! Hope you have no reason to venture on the roads until it clears up. We’re expecting snow later. I have had it with this winter.

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    • Dear Karen,

      I’ve missed doing this challenge, too. It seems I’ve seen myself coming and going these days and, between my novel in progress and herding the cats of Friday Fictioneers, I’m treading water just to keep my head up. 😉 The weatherman says we have more snow possibly moving in tonight. I think you guys get more snow than we do but we do get the ice…particularly in February.
      If I had a past life, no doubt I was a mermaid. 😉 Happy to take you along to the island with me. Ahi, salt water and sunshine. What a combo.




  • What a glorious last line! “Unfettered by the mundane, I embraced the sea and it welcomed me home.” I’ve often wondered why people enjoy swimming so much, and this piece of yours really gives me some clues. Great description!

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  • That is some honeymoon and speaks volumes about how good your relationship must be with your son and his wife, that they would share the experience with you.

    I had a friend once, when I lived in frigid Minnesota as a child, whose parents took her to saint Thomas each winter. I remember being so jealous! And now look at me,with more heat that I Can handle, 80 degrees on a February day! Beware what you wish for!

    Lovely potrayal of a lovely memory.

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    • Dear Andrea,

      There were actually 4 couples. My DIL’s parents, her brother and SIL, the bride and groom of course and one other single person. We shared a chateau on St. John for a solid week. We had a great time. I wouldn’t mind ‘summering’ in St. Thomas. 😉
      Thank you for your kind words.



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  • A great memory we will never forget. The crystal clear blue water, and you swimming out, and out, and out. Thought the sharks would get you. But I was there to protect… waist high water. Truly, you are a scaleless fish. Our son could not have picked a better venue. Love it.

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