We are in a different place this summer.
That probably sounds strange coming from someone who lives on wheels.
I don’t mean geographically. I mean relationally.
Motivated by Kids Aging
It was our oldest turning 13 that motivated us to start traveling. All the sayings proved true. Time was short. They grow up so fast.
We decided to take action, to do something special and adventurous before that ‘just a toddler yesterday’ kid turned into ‘just shaved man’ with a backpack slung over a shoulder heading out the door on his new solo adventure.
Oh, we traveled. We adventured. 39 states. Almost 5 years.
But we blinked.
While our eyes were closed that kid learned to shave. He bought the backpack and stuffed a newly-purchased laptop into it.
He isn’t gone yet but he’s eyeing the door.
First Becomes Last
Our thinking is starting to be a little less focused on ‘first times’ and more on ‘last times’.
Will we have another day at Ludington as a whole family? Or will this be our last time before the
boy man is off on his own?
Once again, we find ourselves motivated to action by the aging of our children. We know. We can’t stop time. They will age. They will become adults. They will become independent.
That doesn’t stop us from wanting to squeeze every last little bit out of the time we still have.
Seizing the Day
We consulted work and internship schedules. Looked at the weather forecast. Missed a chance and tried again.
We found a day. Determined to make the most of it we loaded bikes and a kayak. We packed a couple meals. We took changes of clothes. Loaded fishing gear and folding chairs.
With a Lake Michigan sunset projected to happen in the late 8:00 PM hour we arrived at Ludington State Park just after lunch.
We hiked. Biked. Kayaked. Fished. Swam. Read. Talked. Schlepped. Repacked. Enjoyed the sunset and hit the road home. Delayed by ice cream we fell into bed around midnight.
We carpe’d the crap out of that diem.