So, what’s a vacation? And is this it?
The dictionary defines vacation as a “a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.”
We’re now visiting family for the holidays. Three generations. Is visiting family a vacation? Not for us. But don’t take this the wrong way. We love our family. We really do. The dictionary definition indicates that, on vacation, we’d be traveling or relaxing, which is generally not the case. Family visits – for us – are a category of their own, and it’s stretching the point to call them “vacations”.
We use our visits to “help out” when we visit family, by taking on chores that their busy lives don’t allow. We’ve installed patios…
…mowed lawns, weeded gardens, helped clean out garages, sewed, researched future purchases, walked the dogs,
and of course, babysat.
It’s all satisfying work, but definitely not quite as relaxing as a day at the beach with a novel, the beautiful blue sea, and no one else to watch and nothing to do.