We used to be travel snobs. Dave and I both loved the idea of vacationing for excitement and education. Visiting a place that was interesting was far higher on our list than a tropical climate and a pool. When people would say “Yay! We are going to Mexico on our vacation!” we would go “Oh. Nice.” (and raise our well travelled noses up in the air). The thought of going somewhere just to do nothing sounded pointless. Why not just crank the heat in your house, put on a bathing suit and lay in your bathtub if that’s all you want?
I don’t know exactly when my perspective changed on vacation. At some point last year when we were thinking about our baby-moon vacation we both thought the best idea would be to go somewhere where we wouldn’t have to think much about anything. The prospect of being parents was tiring. And then we became parents…and tiring went to a whole new level.
The other day I was looking through a friends travel pictures from their time at an all inclusive resort and I felt an overwhelming sense of “I NEED THAT RIGHT NOW.” I said to Dave “What is this all about? I never had any desire to spend time at an all inclusive resort. I’ve never wanted that kind of vacation, and now it’s all I can think about.” To which he responded “It’s probably the first time in your life that you actually need that kind of vacation.”
When I was looking through the pictures that I wanted to include in this post, I’ll admit I felt a little jealous (a lot?) of my old self. It didn’t help that Lucy was laying next to me screaming…(teething…seriously guys.) I have to keep reminding myself that there are seasons for everything. Our season right now is sedentary/survival child-rearing. We will likely be more mobile in the summer (once Lucy is more mobile) and then it will change to non-stop/survival child-rearing. Maybe “survival mode” will even transition to “relaxed and confident”. And maybe one day we’ll get to experience adventure again, but for now we’ll just have to find joy cranking the heat and sitting in the bath tub with our bathing suits on.
Below: A trip down memory lane…because I can’t forget that we used to do exciting things…
The foothills of the Andes, in Bolivia (AKA, the place that took our breath away and made us and pull the vehicle to the side of the road to take pictures)
Layers of buildings, La Paz, Bolivia
Lomas de Arena, Sand Dunes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Dave, on a river boat coming back from drilling a well for a tribe in the Amazon. (Bolivia)
Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Parliament buildings, London, England
Jurassic Coast, England
Scuba diving in the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
Watching Dave scuba dive…(because I was chicken…but the boat was lovely)
Cairo at dusk. Egypt
Monastery of Saint Pishoy, Wadi El Natrun, Egypt
(above + below) Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey