As we raise our children, we face differenct obstacles as they go through different developmental, shall we say, “challenges.” At no time are these challenges more obvious to the world than when we take our family and its unique “baggage,” pun intended, on full display during the family vacation.
I remember that, when my children were toddlers, I referred to a vacation as a “relocation.” It was never much of a vacation for me because of the vast amount of equipment, toys, and other belongings that had to be packed, along with my swimsuit and flip flops. I often thought, “why bother?” I always came home exhausted rather than rested, typically having lost something significant along the way, such as a beloved stuffed animal or the plug to something that would not work without the plug,and no way to buy a new plug, etc. Arrgh! I start to perspire just thinking about it! Did I forget to mention all the friends I made while flying with a toddler? Arrgh! Those were the good times . . ..
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