I want to apologize for the absence. I have two unusual parents who at the age of 90 and 80+ just returned from a maiden trip by boat to China -- good and sick. Being sick wasn't so unusual for their age, but their unbeatable desire to continue to try new things, perhaps, is.
The trip was too much for them. But what do you say to your dad who wrote his first book at age 85 and it was voted book of the year by the US Combat Correspondents Association . Or to your mom who just a few years ago gave lectures on France in lieu of boat passage for she and Dad . What you say, after you express your doubts, is "have a good trip". What you feel is a bit of a role reversal.
Luckily, they made it back and are hopefully on the mend. But I am torn by my admiration for a "joie de vivre" which has marked their lives and my concern for their well being. So I am going to attribute my break in writing to their sense of adventure. But all told, I hope I can be just like them.