A Vacation of Rain
The title does not mean the absence of rain. This is about our vacation with the weather of rain, sigh. I will admit there were two days that weren’t total wash outs. One of those days we took a lake cruise on Lake Memphremagog, which was quite nice and even had a couple minutes of blue sky and sunshine.
We spent a week in Vermont, visiting relatives. Home, in North Carolina, the weather was sunny and hot. How I longed to be home. Blah weather has a tendency to make people feel blah. However, we were visiting family and I was determined not to let the weather dampen my spirits.
While most of our time was spent indoors, it gave us the opportunity to catch up with our relatives. I mean, really chat – long, deep, meaningful conversations.
How often do you visit with family and friends and keep things superficial? Maybe you spend most of your time in front of the TV. Does being next to someone count as visiting? I suppose there is a comfort level in having someone you seldom see in the same room with you. Personally, I would say that isn’t visiting.
My husband played board games with his father, and mine. It was nice to hear the friendly, competitive, banter – grin. I talked genealogy with my mother and mother-in-law. We discussed careers with many family members and relationships with a couple. It was nice to be caught up on what everyone is doing these days.
If it had been sunny we would have been out “doing things”, which is my favorite type of vacation, but every once in a while a rainy vacation can actually be good for the soul. Did I really just say that? Yes. We had a nice family vacation and I am thankful for the time we had together.
If you find yourself on a rainy family vacation you can choose to whine and complain, or make the best of it and deepen your relationship with others. Which would you choose?
*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach.*
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