In July of 2012, Glen’s Good Bye Tour landed at a beach hotel in Pensacola Florida for a show. While we were checking in at the front desk I told Glen that Jimmy Buffet owned the hotel and named it after one of his songs, “Margaritaville”. Glen’s reaction reminded me of Will Ferrell’s reaction in the movie “Elf” when Santa’s name was mentioned – “I know him! I know him!”
Glen spent the rest of our stay looking for Jimmy!
Glen’s childlike excitement, sense of humor and upbeat attitude inspired our whole family to accept the changes that we were going through with as much joy and positivity as possible and gave us the latitude to be light-hearted and happy.
There’s nothing like a Jimmy Buffet song to help you relax, accept what you can’t change, and enjoy the simple things in life.
It’s those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
nothing remains quite the same.
With all of our running and all of our cunning,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
– Jimmy Buffet
Unlike Jimmy, we didn’t waste away in Margaritaville that weekend. We had a blast and made the best of every moment we had together. We ate cheeseburgers in paradise at LandShark Landing and watched the Blue Angels perform overhead as we stood on the beach.
Don’t let Alzheimer’s steal even a single minute from you and your loved ones. Laugh, love, embrace every moment, and change your attitude!
I shared more than three decades of love and happiness with Glen. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 6 years since that weekend in Florida. I want to share this home video of Glen and me dancing the day away back on July 11, 2012. It’s not very long, but captures a fun, loving moment in time – even with the shadow of Alzheimer’s lurking behind us, a simple change in attitude made all the difference.