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blog:Making peace on a family vacation

Charlie Owen
Vail CO, Colorado

I made it, and surprisingly in one piece.

My summer vacation with the family was a success, if not more work than a full-time job.

Don’t get me wrong, there were times of rest and relaxation, but being packed like sardines into a mini-van with five other people for eight to fifteen hours at a time takes a toll on the nerves of even the most stoic and zen-like beings. All that aside, I still had a great time.

We spent a lot of time on the road, but we also allowed ourselves plenty of time to stop and smell the roses. New England was beautiful and the climate was surprisingly hospitable given the coast’s unpredictable nature. I got lots of sun, did a lot of swimming, and ate like a king at a holiday feast.

Overall, I can’t complain.

But like I said before, it was still a lot of work at times. Keeping the peace in my family is an art form since it seems like they are always ready to argue about something at the drop of a hat. Diffusing these situations is my job, and I have gotten quite good at it over the years. These situations arise less often these days, and I think the big reason is maturity and understanding that arguing is generally a waste of time”time that could be spent in quality conversation and common activity.

So, no matter how grumpy and tired we all got sometimes, the peace was kept and a good time was had buy all. The key is knowing that everyone has their own agenda and time frame for when they think things should happen, and the stars do not always align for everybody. A little sacrifice and team-work goes a long way during a family vacation.

Now that it’s all over, I am thankful for the time I got to connect with my family. There is talk of trying to do something like this every year from now on, which is a big step in the right direction for all of us. Until then, I have a head full of great memories and an ever-growing photo album.

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