“If you want to feel rich, just count the blessings that money can’t buy.” Amish proverb
Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite family vacation?
Mine was at Pine Island at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, where my family would stay in a rickety old cottage for a week or two. It was back-to-the-basics kind of living, small and simple, but I have such fond memories of those vacations. I can still get a whiff of a certain tree and I am transported back to the lake as a ten-year-old with perpetually skinned knees.
My very favorite memory was a rainy night when my entire family was in the living room at the cottage, reading or playing a game of checkers or stroking the dog. I’ll never forget the buttery glow of the lamp light and the sound of the rain on the roof. It was that rare for my entire family to be together, relaxed. No place to go, no phone ringing, no pressures.
What about you? What was your favorite family vacation? I have a hunch it wasn’t an expensive, once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. I’d love to hear your memories!
And as your thoughts turn to the holidays, think about those special memories before you head out to shop. Your kids don’t need bells and whistles. They just need you.
*Photo credit: By Jones7224 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons