In the realm of respite, there are restful vacations and there are very busy vacations. My family gravitates toward the busy.
None of us had ever been to Vermont until last week. We were going to make the most of it.
We cruised Lake Champlain, shopped April Cornell’s comeback store in Burlington, visited the state capitol in Montpelier, toured the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, and witnessed the birth of a goat at Shelburne Farms (timing is everything, folks). That was the first half of the week.
The second half bowed to my husband’s business commitments. He worked while I entertained our energetic seven-year-old in an unfamiliar city.
Our itinerary included swimming, hiking, tree climbing, rock skipping, iPhone games, MythBusters marathons, and a shoreline run to the U.S. Coast Guard station for a band-aid.
We arrived home exhausted, hauling 135 pounds of laundry, a bevy of memories, and one air travel induced backache, namely mine.
A very busy vacation requires a stay in recovery.
“Mom,” said my son, “next time can we just go to Kitty Hawk?” He remembers restful vacations are possible even for us.
We vacation busy because we don’t want to miss a thing.
We vacation restful because we all need time out to recharge.
Most vacations fall between the two extremes. There are degrees. There is balance. There is a remote, beachfront condo braving the wild ocean somewhere in my future.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5 NIV1984
Vacation by The Go-Go’s.
Do you prefer busy or restful vacations? Why?