Above Clouds by Bobby Mikul
At least I’m hoping and praying so! My family and I have never been on a vacation. No, really! Sure, we’ve jumped in the car for a day at the beach, or a drive up to Philly, but have never gone on an honest-to-goodness vacation. The closest we’ve come to a “real” trip is when we moved cross country from New Jersey to Arizona several years back. We drove the entire way, stopping at a hotel each night to eat and sleep, and then headed back out on the road again the next morning. It took us a total of 7 days (we took our time), and we saw 6 or 7 different states, but didn’t really get to do much sight seeing. After 10 months of living in Arizona, which we loved by the way, we all made the trip back to New Jersey to stay.
Our oldest son and daughter-in-law took a flight back several weeks ahead of us. They were expecting our first grandchild. We all missed our family back home, so it seemed like the logical thing to do — and, of course, we wouldn’t have missed having our granddaughter growing up around us!
This year, we’ve decided that nothing will stop us from going on a trip! One place we definitely want to go is Illinois to visit my mother and grandmother. I haven’t seen my mom in close to 8 years, although we email and chat on the phone quite a bit. She takes care of my grandmother, who will be 90 this year. They used to fly out every Easter to visit, but unfortunately, my grandmother is not able to travel anymore. My mom is a stage 4 cancer survivor, and I’m so blessed to still have her in my life. I want to make sure I get out there to see her and my grandmother soon!
Life is short and you never know from one day to the next if you’ll be here or not, so we need to be with our loved ones whenever possible. They’ve neither one ever seen their great and great-great granddaughters in person, so all 10 of us are planning to travel together. It’s such a blessing to have 5 generations living, and we are looking forward to taking a photo to document such an occasion. Of all the places we want to travel to this year, this trip would mean the most to us.
Are you planning a trip this year? What’s your favorite way to travel?