Kids don’t need DVD players or iPads if one of ’em has a fishing pole, the other has a floaty mattress for playing in the lake and they both have nets for catching minnows.
Moms don’t need laptops, internet connection or a day at the spa if they have a good friend to chat with and reservations for dinner.
The withdrawals from that lack of internet connection last about four hours. Fill the void with Cheetos and red wine. It’ll pass.
While we were away, I couldn’t help noticing the gorgeous flower beds in the yards of the homes we passed. Are all those folks unhappily married? My flower beds were gorgeous when I was married because I desperately needed the therapy that gardening provided. Now? Meh… flowers are nice, but a contented, happy home and thriving kids trumps flowers.
Kids love live theater even if there’s kissing and lots of singing. They’ll want to sing showtunes on the ride home.
There are vineyards closer than Napa that are beautiful in their own rite.
There are different kinds of fear. There is the fear that you’ll mess up dinner; the fear that the house isn’t perfect; the fear that he’ll hate your new haircut; the fear that he’ll criticize your son about his skateboarding in the driveway; the fear that he’ll make fun of your daughter for growing out her bangs. Those are real, every day, make-it-hard-to-breathe fears. The prospect of moving out and living on our own was initially scary. Now life is largely void of fear unless you count the fear that we won’t pack in all the adventures we want to take this summer.
Give a girl a camera, get out of her way, and prepared to be amazed.**
Boys don’t care what kind of fish they catch, as long as they are catching something.
It doesn’t matter how cold the water is, kids’ll still wanna swim.
It doesn’t take more than about three days to remember how to relax.
Sleeping in does a body good.
Sometimes the best souvenirs are the rock shaped like a heart and the picture of smiling faces painted with frosting.
*Doesn’t matter how old you are, Doobie Brothers are fun on a road trip.
**Jenny took these flower pictures.