The best vacations are the unplanned ones. My husband and I have just returned from a whirl wind trip around Florida where in one week we accomplished the following:
- A weekend trip to a friends wedding where I participated as a bride’s maid.
- A visit to my dad’s lake house to pick-up a few things for my dad (pre-surgery for him)
- A few days in the keys (fishing, kayaking, site seeing, etc.)
- A celebration of life for my Great Aunt who has passed away (at 95 years of age)
- A visit to my father’s house (post-surgery)
- A visit with my son and some house hunting
- And home to in-pack and do some laundry.
Now, I will admit, some of these little day or multi-day trips were pre-planned, but for the most part, we just jumped in the car and headed out for a road trip and our vacation worked our beautifully. Stress free and my husband and I laughed harder and longer than we have in so long. Along the way we made new friends and connected with old ones. We made side trips to the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs and took a little hike thru the Florida Panther and wildlife preserve down in Alligator Ally (neither of which were even thought of in advance).
If I can offer a few pieces of friendly advice they are the following:
Love often and laugh hard. Tell jokes! Sing along to the radio. And don’t get mad if the other person likes to hum. That’s right hum. I have learned that my husband hums when he is happy. It used to irritate me, now, I listen for it because it lets me know that he is genuinely happy in is heart and then I have done my job.
Hold hands with your best friend just because you can. I love it when my husband comes up beside me and takes my hand to go for a walk. There is no reason. He isn’t “Dragging me somewhere” or “Showing me something”. He just likes me close to him, and I, he.
Stop and smell the roses, and take a picture too! Along our trip, we noticed things that had we been in a rush we would have missed. The Alligators on the shore of the ditch along the road. The iguana eating lunch in the mangroves as we kayaked in the afternoon. The beautiful shells along the seashore and the tide changed. The local food, the music, the smells in the air, all so beautiful if we just slow down and put our electronics away for a moment.
Stop worrying. We had so many things to see and do during the week. A wedding, time for each other, a surgery for my dad, extended family worries, and a funeral of sorts. But as my dad has always told me…. Even when you leave this world, someone will still pile things into your “inbox” and the world will still turn. Do what needs to get done and don’t sweat the small stuff because after all, it’s all small stuff.
So with that in mind, we enjoyed the heck out of each day and love each friend and family member as we made it to them. And all the while, we held hands, sang songs and laughed.
May your next vacation be very soon. Try to take an evening away, a little weekend getaway or even a few days to get back to what is really important and that is each other. As always, have a happy day.