Last week we took our first family vacation with just the 3 of us. To say we were excited about getting out of town was an understatement. My son and I would take turns randomly yelling out “we are going to the beach” and jumping up and down in excitement.
The day before we left, I did it, I checked the weather. I swore I wasn’t going to, but, yes it was as I had feared. Rain, Rain, Rain. I still tried to stay positive, but as we arrived at a dark, cloudy, rainy coast, I was struggling to find the good in this situation.
My husband (usually the pessimist) surprised me with his cheerfulness and assured me that everything was going to be fine. I was skeptical at first, but as the day wore on I knew we would somehow make it work on this rainy vacation.
Well, not only did we make it work, but we had a WONDERFUL time together as a family. So it wasn’t the bright sunny vacation I had hoped, but there was definitely a bright side to the weather.
No Sunburn: It almost never fails, each year someone usually gets burnt. But, with our weather, I never had to worry about it, and I didn’t have to chase my family around with a bottle of sunscreen the entire time.
More Relaxing: When it’s pouring rain, it does limit some options and you tend to slow down a little. I mean, we definitely found things to do, but it wasn’t a frantic “run here, run there, we must do this while we are here” kind of trip. I got to take a NAP and that equals a good vacation.
It wasn’t hot: The little one wasn’t tired out and Mommy wasn’t irritable because of the awful heat (hypothetically speaking, of course.) We walked a lot, and sat out on the beach with no one uncomfortable because of temperatures. Actually one time on the beach I had to put a towel over my legs because it was chilly (I can deal with that.) Especially, when I think that last year it was so hot I couldn’t stand to go barefoot on the beach and just sitting there was exhausting.
Our Beach time was more special: We tried to go out on the beach everyday. We didn’t always get to stay long before the rain started, but my son enjoyed digging in the sand while he could. The weather only cooperated one day, allowing us to get into the water, but I just beam when I think about it. It was such a special time, the three of us playing in the waves. Since our beach time was limited, we valued those precious moments, and the memories we made were that much more special.
I know I will always cherish the bright memories of our not so bright vacation. Have you ever had a gloomy vacation that turned out for the best?