There are certain stipulations to family vacations. Specific events have to occur, or you’re not actually on a family vacation…you’re just daydreaming at a stoplight.
Requirements vary from family to family. Let’s compare notes. These are ours:
1. Someone will get sick.
2. We will get lost. Whether that’s because of bad directions, not making a mental note of surroundings, or Siri being a b-word and demanding 5 U-turns, we will get lost.
3. Someone (age 18+) will spill their entire drink all over the table at a nice restaurant.
4. Baggage will be lost every third trip. Southwest Airlines, hollaaa!
I hope some of these sound familiar to you.
Brian and I decided to YOLO and took a somewhat unplanned trip back to California to barge in on my parent’s timeshare. This particular instance, fate had us forgo #2-#4, so option #1 was full throttle.
Gus got a stomach bug, but was excited to hang out all night, just like the good ol’ days.
Brian caught an alien mutation of that “bug,” and ended up in the hospital getting fluid IVs and oxygen.
We also received a call from a neighbor, informing us of water gushing out of our garage. He so kindly turned off our water, so upon returning, we solved the mystery of the cracked water softener and moldy garage items.
I hope the neighbor kids at least enjoyed a driveway Slip n Slide on us.
Regardless of all the rest of the vacation norms, how can you not enjoy the beach?