As we wrap up our beach house vacay here on the Central Coast of California I am reminded of another truism – it’s not where you are are or what you are doing, but who you have with you. I am surrounded by family on this vacation – most of them I brought with me from the Fargo-Moorhead area. It may seem silly to pay thousands of dollars to pick up the entire clan I have at home and relocate them en masse to California to spend a week at a beach house (especially when the weather at home has been as nice if not nicer than where we are at this week – that part was not planned); but, the value in this vacation lies not in the location, but instead in the purposeful extended time with the family. This is together time that cannot be interfered with by work or other commitments – this is inescapable, 24/7 family time. It is exhausting and exhilarating…it is an exercise in familial engagement that reminds us of the value of our connection to each other.
Some day – indeed, it could be any day near or far in the future – not all of us will be here anymore to enjoy these mega family outings. That is okay though, because the memories we have created will endure. And that is why we are here.
But don’t tell the kids…they think we are here for the beach.
Day nine hundred and eighty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da