You’re not taking me?

Well, it happened.  I turned 50 this April.  Crack all the jokes you want, I have been hearing them for some time now!  One of my colleagues has been ribbing me for an entire year saying, “you are in your 50th  year, you know” so by the time my actual birthday had arrived I was well versed on all of the over-the-hill humor.

My wife asked me what I wanted to do for the big event.  Party?  Small or big gathering?  Quiet night at home?  Of course, family and friends were sort of lobbying for the bash that we could all get together and celebrate, but the last year has been filled with much hard work and I really just thought a good getaway rest was in order.

Let’s just go on a vacation the two of us.  Those of you with kids know this is probably a rarity.  In fact, other than the occasional weekend excursion, or conference related departure I can probably count on one hand the times we have done so.  She took me to Utah for snow skiing and golfing (yes in the same 4 day weekend) for my 40th, and for hers (hmm…let’s just say it was one of the big decades like 20th or 30th…) I took her to an all-inclusive in Cancun.

That’s about it for getaways sans children.  So, when I told my teenage son that my wife and I were going to be gone for a week in Hawaii and he was going to stay home (he did have school to attend after all) he said, “You mean you’re not taking me?”

We have done quite a bit of traveling with the kids on trips to California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, Utah and other areas like Canada, so it was quite a shock to his system when he realized he would be missing out on this one.  I will never forget the look on his face.  He must have aged an entire year as the realization set in.

For me, travel is important for a number of reasons.  Mostly to change the scenery, relax and recharge.  We use it to read books we normally don’t have the time to read, experience a few niceties in a special setting, and reconnect in a way that normal day to day life just does not always cooperate with.

Bottom line?  Even if it takes a bit of tough love, it may just be a really good thing for you to take the time with your significant other and find time on a special getaway for just the two of you.  After all, you might need some practice for the time when your kids are out of the house and that is all that is left.

Safe travels!

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