Have you ever taken a vacation that became important after the fact?
Family vacations are important, period.
My father and mother always worked hard to be able to go on two family vacations a year — one to takes us kids skiing (Italy) and one to have fun at the beach (Tunesia) — and I remember those times with my Mom and Dad and brother fondly.
My dad was a bit of a workaholic — he worked a lot at home after he came home from his job as an architect — and on those family vacations we had him all to ourselves.
One family vacation that turned out to be one of the most important ones was the trip Landon and I took to Germany three years ago.
We’d always go so that we’d be there for my father’s birthday in the summer.
In those two weeks, we had a wonderful time with him and my mom, my brother, aunt, cousin, my girlfriends and their kids.
This was when we said good-bye before we flew back to New York.
You can tell how much Opa just wanted to hold on to L.
Exactly a month after his birthday, I received a call from my brother that my father had passed away unexpectedly, from a heart condition.
I will be forever grateful that I had this special time with him.
And I will always cherish family vacations. I know it’s hard to find the time, but it’s so worth it.
In the last couple of months, Don, Landon, and I have taken trips to The Thayer Hotel at West Point, Mystic, and Rhinebeck. It has shown us how even one night away can relax and reconnect us as a family, and it’s such a gift to show your children different places and to expose them to traveling.