Today we were in Hobby Lobby and as I was walking through the store, this jumped out at me:
On the way home, I told Vince . . this is my motto, and showed it to him. He said “I think that’s been your motto since I’ve known you!
Neither of us like to travel and I’ve always said that everything I love is right here at home. There are places I’d like to see but probably about a day would be all I could do it and then I’d be ready to go home. We’ve never, in 20+ years of being married, gone on a real vacation.
Once when Vince was working for a different company, their corporate offices were in upstate New York so one summer, we went up there, visited his brother for a few days, spent about a week at a place on Canandaigua Lake (the place was also owned by the company he worked for so since Vince was working, it was a free stay. We left there, went to Vermont to the Vermont Quilt Festival and then took four or five days to drive back to Kentucky. It was fun but while Vince was working, I had the days in the condo by myself. We had Speck with us and I’m sure I had a sewing machine with me.
Otherwise, we rented cabins in north Georgia usually for spring break so Vince and Chad could fish; we go to my uncle’s lakehouse in Louisiana a couple of times a year but other than that . . we’re homebodies and traveling is not something we enjoy.
So, I think I’ve created a life from which I do not need a vacation.
I’m not saying those who take vacations don’t have a good life at home . . if we liked traveling, we’d probably take vacations. I think the “good life” is knowing what each person wants, working it out together and doing what works for you . . then, it’s a good life!
Vivian Oaks says
Amen! I think if I could stay home 24-7 I’d be thrilled. I don’t mind traveling either, which is a good thing because the rest of my family is many hours away by car. Just visiting Mom & Dad is a 10-hour trip one way, and they’re the closest!! I understand completely! 🙂
I think it depends on your definition of vacation. I think renting a cabin away from home is definitely a vacation, even if it isn’t “traveling”. I would consider all those trips to see Addie to be vacation. I consider camping in the woods a vacation. But I also like to travel, which is another type of vacation.
Judy Laquidara says
What I meant was in almost 23 years of marriage, we took one trip to NY and maybe four or five trips to the cabins. Those cabins were in GA and we were in western KY so it was definitely traveling. I loved going because Chad and Vince fished and had a great time but I was still cooking three meals a day, doing laundry, etc. so for me, I guess that’s why I didn’t consider it a vacation. If I were taking a real vacation, there would be no cooking, no laundry, no cleaning.
Nelle Coursey says
I like staying at home. I don’t do everything I want to, but I am happy!
There is NO place like home.
I’m always glad to get home and whether it’s at one end of the country or the other–I’m always glad to get there! My sister said that same thing to me one time, “you are always on vacation,” and I love it!
Donna A says
I live on approximately 10 acres in the middle of a small town. We have all the necessary stores for me to live here without going anywhere….unless I need a new couch or something. Or fabric for quilts, but I guess I could order it on line. Anyway, I’m perfectly happy living here and not going anywhere. Occasionally I take the dog for a drive but here is where I live and I’m very happy to stay home.
Susan Nixon says
I agree with you. I like to go to my friends’ houses, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time sight-seeing when I get there. I want to sew, spend time with my friend, possibly go to a movie and out to eat at a good restaurant, but mostly stay still. I would like to travel to see some places, but my idea of a good traveling would be to take an ocean liner from California to Australia, have a balcony where I could sit and embroider or a desk inside for sewing … then turn around and go home the same way, after seeing a few people for a few days. I don’t want to party on the ship or sit at the captain’s table. I want someone to feed me and clean the room while I stitch. LOL Really, is that too much to ask?
I figure I can go home when there is no place to go.