Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Soap Box

So many people complain about traveling with their children.  I don't get it.  I never have.  I feel incredibly selfish every time I start to complain about travel.  Seriously.  Travel is a blessing.  It is something that I get to do with my family.  No one makes us go.  True, the going is not always the best part of the experience but it is part of the process.  Do I want to go?  Yes.  Well then, I have to get there.

Kids will totally feed off of your attitude towards travel.  Parents that have a good attitude about travel have kids with a good attitude about travel.  It really is that simple.  It is also a good life lesson.  It is a fact, not everything is fun but many things that are not fun are worthwhile.

When our kids say, "My bottom hurts,"  we reply, "So does mine!"  When they ask, "Are we there yet?"  we say, "Only if you want to sleep in that field!"  When they ask, "Can we have candy bars for lunch?"  We respond, "Sure!  It is vacation!"  When the ask, "Can we get a new movie?"  We say, "At the next Redbox!"  When they start to get antsy we roll down the windows and have a contest to see who can scream the loudest.  Ya do what ya gotta do.

Travel is a luxury.  There are people all over the world who do not have basic needs much less the opportunity to leave a great situation to experience a better one for a few days.  Plain and simple.

The next time you start to complain because you are tired of listening to your kids movie in your air-conditioned souped up SUV while playing on your smart phone and eating food someone else prepared,  you might want to remind yourself of how lucky you are.  You could have been born anywhere but you were fortunate enough to be born into a situation that allows your life to be extravagant.  Yes, extravagant.  Compared to most of the worlds population you are living the dream.

So, if you are vacationing you are rich.  Don't act like a spoiled brat.  And for heaven's sake don't raise little brats!

2 comments:

  1. Our family has been traveling. I apologize for the disruption in my posting schedule. :)

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  2. Amen to that!!! We are raising road warriors and pray that someday the road takes them to places far away to share the Gospel and love of Jesus!

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