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Do You Need A Vacation From Vacation?

flat tire

Two days into vacation and my husband and I both needed a vacation.  From vacation. 

It all started the first day with an unexpected flat tire.  (Said husband forgot to pack the jack for the RV —  but he still managed to change the tire single-handedly. Yeah, he’s a stud.  A cranky stud nonetheless.) 

The second day, we encountered a leaky boat that wouldn’t start.

Did I mention that he was already cranky from the flat tire?

The kids started complaining,

“This isn’t any fun.” 

“I wanted to ride in the boat.”

“We haven’t caught any fish.”

We were well on our way to the worst vacation ever.  Could things get any worse? 

Note to parents:  After two lousy days of vacation, you need to take control of the situation.  You’re in charge remember?

The third day, we made an announcement to the kids:

“Mom and Dad are taking the day off.    No boating.  No fishing.  No shopping.  It’s time to make your own fun!”

Kids make their own fun?  What a concept.   (If your kids are like mine, they constantly ask, “What are we going to do today?”)

Guess what?  Kids are actually good at entertaining themselves.  We just need to let them.  We put too much pressure our ourselves as parents to set up the “perfect” vacation, and we set everyone up for disappointment when things don’t go as planned. 

Long story short.  We ended the vacation with a sunset and a rainbow.  Probably the loveliest rainbow we have ever seen.  And to think, it all started with a flat tire. 

Have you ever needed a vacation from vacation? 

 

Sure Cure For The Rat Race

Are you tired of the rat race?  Here’s my suggestion.

Get away.  Take a week (or two) and leave the race completely.  It puts things in perspective. 

I just spent part of my family vacation off the grid.  Which is how I met Rick and Jenni. 

Rick and Jenni decided to get out of the race.  Permanently. After tiring of their fast-paced lives in Chicago, they left their careers and purchased a small group of cottages on Michigan’s far western shores of Lake Superior.  Now, they spend their summers renting lodging to families (like mine) who are trying to get away.

No mobile coverage.  No stores.  No hospitals.  No restaurants.  No people.  No Starbucks. 

It was novel at first (except the Starbucks part).

After a couple of days, I tried to imagine my family in Rick and Jenni’s shoes.  In the mountains.  In a town of several hundred people.  We could have our own rental lodge and reside right on property to save money. My husband would be in charge of maintenance (which I guess would put me in charge of cleaning and laundry).  Our kids could learn about wildlife firsthand – spending their summers on kayaks and winters on snowmobiles.  I could spend my days writing (in between cleaning toilets) and I’d just have to buy an espresso machine and appropriate supplies.

But then my vision turned sour.  I could see high-maintenance city folk knocking on my door at midnight because of a leaky toilet.  After cooking the 40th meal in a row and scrubbing the 140th toilet I’d be screaming, “Where are the restaurants!” and “Where is my cleaning lady?”  I’d be driving my kids 50 miles for play dates and 120 miles to the nearest movie theater.  And what would we do without our cell phones?

Maybe getting off the grid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  I’m a city girl.  I actually like people.  And truth be told, I even like the rat race.  I just need to get away every once in awhile to help remember. 

When’s the last time you got off the grid?

The Power Of Unplugging

I’m officially unplugged.  For the next two weeks!

Am I already going through withdrawal? You bet.

Mind you, I had every intention of keeping up my blogging through August – even while I’m camping in remote places like the Porcupine Mountains.  After all, I’m a modern day multi-taskaholic.  Who says I can’t blog and camp at the same time?  Besides, I’m the middle of a “Faking The Pain” series that I want to continue.  Badly.  And I’m part of a writing group that just launched the WordServe Water Cooler.  I don’t want to take time off!

But wait.  I hear my children calling:

“Mom, why are you working during vacation?”

And I hear my husband calling:

“Suz, get off of that @&#% laptop!”

I’m pretty stubborn, so I’m still not convinced. 

Then I hear God calling:

“Be still.  Slow down.  Stop talking and listen.”

Ok, I get it. 

{See you in two weeks when I pick up with Faking The Pain, Part 3 of 4.}

The Ride Home From Vacation

The ride home from vacation is always a drag.  In fact, it’s not just the ride home.  It’s that pit in my stomach that starts as the week comes to a close.  I think about reentering reality and it paralyzes my thoughts, robbing me of the enjoyment of the moment.

It will be over soon.  Why does it have to go so fast?

I sat on the airplane, worrying about the week ahead.

How am I going to get through all my emails before Monday morning? 

I need to get on top of the kids’ homework this week.

Don’t forget about the kids’ make-up tennis lessons.

There is nothing in the refrigerator.

Did I miss the deadline to register for camp this summer?

How am I going to find the time to train for this half marathon?  Should I drop out?

My mind continued to wander.

Then, unexpectedly, after some initial conversation, the guy sitting next to me handed me a copy of God Calling, a devotional I’ve intended to read for quite some time.

“Take it,” he said.

So I began to read.  Right there.  Right then.

March 26

What of a man walking through a glorious glade who fretted because ahead there lay a river and he might not be able to cross it, when all the time, that river was spanned by a bridge.”

Ah, yes, the bridge.  I’m so worried about the river that sometimes I don’t see the bridge.  Or the boat.  Or the life jacket.

There’s nothing worse than fretting over what we don’t know, can’t see, and can’t control.   Predictions and possibilities are not reality.  Reality is right here.  Right now.  In this very moment God has given me.
Would I reenter my daily routine with grace and peace or with stress and worry?

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I’m linking up (a bit late) today with Hear It On Sunday, Use It On Monday and Playdates With God.   It’s good to be back.

Grace and peace to you, my friends.

This Blogger Is On Vacation!

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. ~Robert Orben

See you on March 28~!