Son making his point, “Dad, 3 hours drive just to go to a beach? A beach is a beach. We can go closer.”
Hmm, what to say to convince him? True, a beach is a beach. What makes Pismo Beach any different from a beach that’s less than an hour away?
Had to process my reasoning power STAT.
My quick answer, “Well, it’s on the way to Universal Studios. We’re hitting L.A. Buddy!”
He looked shock and confused. Unsure what to say, he replied, “Okay,” sounding more like a question than a confirmation.
Next Day, when I woke up, he was all ready. Two small suitcases in his room. One empty. I asked why the other suitcase is empty. Laughing he said, “Dad, that’s for my shopping. I already made a list of wear to go. So, let’s go Buddy!”
My brain said, “Oh, No! I never mentioned shopping.”
Now I’m the one shocked and confused. Unsure how to respond, I just said, “Okay,” that sounded more like a question than a confirmation.
I hurriedly prepared two cups of strong coffee. One to wake me up. The other, to make me reflect on what I just unleashed.
Nope, a beach is not just a beach. Some are just more awesome than others. Some have bigger fun shockers and surprises from journey to destination, to and fro.
In the end, Happy Family moments and memories are so worth all the work, shock and awe. The best actually, that we can’t forget them.
Reminiscing, looking at photographs makes us smile, even glow. For a minute we are transported in time like it’s happening today. For a minute, our heart gets to relive where it was happiest.
Isn’t that worth the effort and any long travel? Isn’t that worth working a bit extra to save some vacation funds for our next adventure?
“So, let’s go Buddy. Life is short.”
Definitely, we need time to relax and be sunny before work week begins again.
With what’s going on with the World, our Country and around us, an ounce of happy experience is worth more than a pound of cure. If there is a cure.