My typical pre-trip pace is frantic. I make lists, I wake up in the middle of the night, I nag my husband to do his tasks. This whole process starts long before the trip so by the time departure day arrives, there actually isn’t that much to do. I just like to get going as early as possible!
Adding a child to the mix has forced me to slow down. Recently we were set to leave for a week-long camping trip. That day Grace decided to take a longer nap than usual. The car was packed, the errands were run, the mail was on hold but Grace was still napping. I found myself with NOTHING to do. My first thought was panic – we need to GO! But then I realized no, we don’t. There was no plane to catch. We still had plenty of time to get to our campsite before dark. I could start my vacation at home and just relax. What a concept.
Now I just feel thankful to Grace for that longer nap and those few peaceful moments. They remind me of yet another reason we travel with our child. Because she teaches us so many important life lessons, without even meaning to.