I like vacations. Who doesn’t right? The major reason I like vacations is that we set aside our to do lists, our phones and our email (yes, we often still check them while we’re gone but we feel less obligated to reply quickly). We have so much less swimming around in our grown-up minds. Obligations and responsibilities are moved from the forefront of our mind to the back. And in those open spaces we find opportunity to enjoy our children, to hear each of their random questions, to encourage and affirm their positive sibling interchanges, and to respond with more patience. And I believe our children are different on vacation as well. I’ve noticed different conversations, questions, and thoughts being brought up.
What follows is a sweet vacation conversation.
Owen: “Dad, how does God make us?”
Dad: “It’s pretty much a miracle. Do you know what a miracle is?”
Mom: “A miracle is like something that happens that no one can explain how it works or how it happened. God just did it and people can’t understand exactly how.”
Owen: (very introspectively replies) “Ok, I get it.” (long pause) “…just a little bit…the beginning part.”