There are certain memories we hold dear of the vacations we’ve had, especially when we were kids. For me it was a trip to Wisconsin in a cabin on a lake with my friend Janette and her family. It was full of fishing, swimming, mosquito bits, and the list goes on. It was the most memorable vacation I had as a child and one that I hold close to my heart.
Our oldest son Trevor got to do that very thing this past Spring Break. His buddy’s family invited him on their Spring Break trip to a cabin in northern North Carolina, just an hour south of Gatlinburg. When he received the invitation I hesitated at first. I don’t expect anyone to be responsible for part of my heart that long of a time, but then the memories of my Wisconsin vacation came flooding back and I knew we couldn’t say “No.”
So Trev took off the day after school got out and began his trip. It gave him quality time with his buddy, a break from us and his brothers, and memories of all the things they did. Seeing his face light up every time he shares his vacation experience is heartwarming. He got to go hiking, saw some waterfalls, visited the Biltmore estate, road go-carts in Pigeon Forge, and so much more.
I will say that now that I’m on the parent end of the friend vacation, that the week was very long for me. Something was missing here at home and that something was Trev. I didn’t overly worry about him, but missed him, the joy, and even the challenge he brings to my life.
I would like to thank my friend Michelle and her husband Jesse for taking on that extra responsibility and inviting Trev to join them. Thanks for making him one of our own and providing those experiences that have created memories he will cherish. Quality time with a friend is priceless, as well as cherished memories. Thank you!