76. A Hot Day and a Cool Pool
It was their first vacation together in years.
and Oscar had been running their own jewelry
for years. They made a nice income, but
were busy all the time. They went to
trade show after another, flying throughout the US
often to China and other countries. Their last
was at least ten years ago. Recently, Oscar’s
said that Oscar’s high blood pressure was going
be the death of him. After questioning Oscar
his eating and exercise habits, he concluded that
was stressing himself out at work. He told
that he needed to stop and smell the
“In short,” he said, “I’m writing
a prescription for two weeks of R&R—rest and
, immediately. In fact, I want you to take
four weeks a year, and these must be
vacations. No cell phone, no laptop. Do you
me? In case you don’t, I’m telling Meg,
. You might not listen to me, but you
listen to her.”
Meg canceled all their activities
the two weeks at the end of July.
, they did not have any flights scheduled. She
them a nice hotel near Palm Springs. “We’ll
up on our magazines, newspapers, and TV reruns,”
told Oscar. “We won’t even TALK about work
two weeks, okay? We’ll relax in the pool,
massages, and treat ourselves like royalty. Got it?”
, ma’am,” Oscar said, smiling as he saluted her.
hotel had failed to tell them that it
undergoing renovations. But when it offered everything at
price, Meg and Oscar stayed. The second morning,
10, Oscar told Meg he was going to
a swim. She told him not to forget
sun block. She went back to sleep. When
woke up at noon, she put on her
suit and went outside.
She couldn’t stop screaming
she saw Oscar submerged beneath the water. His
had gotten caught in a suction vent that
had not covered properly. He had been under
for ten minutes.
A month after the funeral,
home, Meg was going through her mail. The
, apparently worried about a lawsuit, had sent her
offer to stay there free for a month.
congenial letter suggested that she “Bring a friend!”