Last fall we planned our vacation for this week. We had made lots of plans that we were quite excited about. We had hotel reservations that ensured we were going to be leaving Dodge and take a “real vacation.” Something we seldom do. Then life happened. My husband is a federal employee and sequestration and the debt ceiling suddenly made things uncertain. My employer had a tough year and I may have reduced hours. It no longer made sense for us to take off. That vacation fund might just be needed for other things. We decided that we would stay home finish up projects in our kitchen that we had planned for later the year.
This vacation has been a comedy of errors. We tried to replace the lights only to discover that the conversion kit need for the vaulted ceiling cost more than the new lights did. They went back to the store. We discovered that the salesman for the flooring was not fully informed and it could not be laid on the existing subfloor in our kitchen . The new flooring is going back next week. Our old range had died beyond repair. We had waited ten days for the new one to be delivered, only to discover it had been damaged in transit, again beyond repair, and would have to be replaced. Another two weeks without a range is on our horizon as our old one was already on the way to the recycle center. Our TV quit working because they changed the “repeater” towers for our over the air TV. My husband spent the cold day out in the wind trying to get the over the air antenna to pick up three stations. No such luck only two or one the towers are just too far apart to work with our little antenna. We had planned to hike and ride our new bikes. Instead we have had snow two days already, when it has not been snowing, the wind has been howling.
This could be a disaster. My husband and I could be fighting about all our frustrations. Instead we are somehow enjoying the time for what it is. Every time we drive two hours to the city to buy or return something we treat ourselves to a nice lunch. We are foodies and love to enjoy food that we can’t easily find in our neck of the woods. We love to sit in a restaurant and compare how we saw things and our plans. One day we split a Cubano sandwich and salad, another I had a Thai chicken salad with mango, and he had a southwestern style sandwich, yesterday we found a Mediterranean café and split a trio/combo lunch.
No this wasn’t how we had planned our life, but it is ok . It is a vacation of a different kind. A vacation to reconnect. A vacation to enjoy simple accomplishments. A vacation not to be spent hurrying trying to squeeze as many things a possible things in a five-day-long holiday. It has been a holiday that we have savored the time together, and the trials that have reminded us that together we are stronger than we are alone.