Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about lots of different ways to make the most of your vacation, whether it be traveling to fun destinations or enjoying the area you live in. Our dream vacations look a little different than most people’s. You see, over the past several years, my husband’s job has moved us further and further from our family and closest friends. So instead of spending our vacation at a theme park or camping somewhere with a beautiful view, what I really want is to go back in time. I want the opposite of new and exciting. I want familiar and comfortable.
I want to sit in the same backyard I’ve spent a hundred summer afternoons and watch the kids play together as if no time has passed at all.
I want to sit on the screen porch where we have listened to each other’s struggles and triumphs – and catch up on all the things that have happened since we last saw each other.
I want to drink coffee in the same kitchen I’ve enjoyed countless cups of coffee over years of precious friendship. I want to be amazed at how much our families have changed – and how some things haven’t changed at all.
The perfect vacation for me is full of old habits and favorite spots. It’s being able to drive around without my GPS and revisit the places that shaped the early years of my marriage and my son’s life. It may sound strange to say that I get incredibly excited about driving 4 hours to visit ordinary towns without much tourist appeal. But for us, the perfect vacation is with the people who know us best. Friendships that last through the years are rare. Friendships that can last across the miles, even more so. I am blessed with those kinds of friends. And when I get the chance to get away with my family, I want to head straight to where they are.
“The most beautiful scenery in the world is when our friends come into view.” -Bob Goff