I’m on the first vacation I’ve taken in several years and it brought back memories of some of the trips we took together as a family. This is a post from last year, so please excuse me. I’m on vacation.
There’s a lot to be said for family vacations. They definitely do bring you closer. I remember being packed in a small car with luggage, food, three noisy kids and a sweaty dog. We’d sing camp songs until we lost our voices. We played the alphabet game, word games and “I Spy” until it got dark and we couldn’t see anything anymore.
We’d stop at family restaurants for good homemade food, followed by indigestion and interesting sounds for the next 100 miles. When we reached our campsite or motel, that’s when the fun began. It was like having a sleepover with your own kids. The night-time hours slipped into daylight and it was on the road again for more of the same.
Personally, my idea of a vacation is staying at a 5 star motel with room service, but our budget never allowed that luxury. We often spent our time in a tent. If you really want to get to know your kids go camping with them. The two older children were always up for it, but our youngest was more like me and would rather go shopping than spend time hiking or identifying animal scat.
Actually when you think about it, the Children of Israel were a nation of nomads. They often had to get up, pack their belongings and go. They had much larger families in those days too. Can you imagine Jacob and his crew travelling cross-country today? Instead of singing camp songs they might have an I-pod in their ear. Instead of focusing on the beauty of their surroundings, they might be texting friends back home. Instead of enjoying each other, they would probably be popping in a CD of their favorite movie. OK, I may be taking this a little too far, but family vacations can still be a wonderful time of bonding.
I am so glad for those times with my family. It did bring us closer and I feel it was a blessing for us to share exclusive time with them. Now that they’re all grown up, I can see the result of being in close proximity for an extended period of time. At least you have a captive audience!