July 6, 2009
For several years now, the five of us Merediths have taken family vacations–some longer than others, but each with the intent of getting away and spending time together. This summer, due to lack of funds and time, we took a mini-vacation to Salem, Oregon, over the July 4th weekend to spend time with family.
Mini or not–the four-day weekend had all the elements of a two-week getaway, in condensed form. And it still managed to remind me why I love family vacations. Here are my top 6 reasons:
1. We can fight, but because we are usually stuck together (on a plane, in a car, tent, hotel, etc.), we are forced to resolve the conflict–or be miserable.
2. We learn to live without things we thought we absolutely had to have, like tv, internet, two bathrooms, privacy, and our friends.
3. We remember how fun it is to discover new things together: exploring a new beach, new mall, new restaurant, new hiking trail,new beautiful scenery, and even new friends.
4. We spend so much time together, that even as we get on each others’ nerves, we grow more comfortable in each others’ presence because we remember that family loves each other, warts and all.
5. We make memories that we will talk about and laugh over for the rest of our lives.
6. We are reminded–in all the laughter and conversation–why it is that really do like each other.