A Much-Needed Getaway

“Take vacations, and go as many places as you can. You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories.”

– Unknown

My wife and I just celebrated our 4-year anniversary a couple of days ago, so we decided to give ourselves a little gift: a weekend getaway. Nothing major. Just a weekend in a cabin in the hills of Tennessee.

Well, our weekend getaway turned into a family affair when my 5-year-old son overheard my wife and I talking about our “trip”. It didn’t take long for a romantic weekend in the mountains to turn into a family vacation. Thankfully neither my wife nor I were bothered by this (although a lot of “kid stuff” has been added to the itinerary).

My 5-year-old is my middle son. He has two brothers, my 13-year-old son and my 7-month-old son. Three boys. At 32-years-old. My oldest son couldn’t go anyway since he’ll be showing cattle all weekend and my mom is keeping my little baby boy for us (It’s the first time we’ve been away at all from him so that’s the part of the trip I’m dreading).

I have my laptop and some books, so I plan on using some of the weekend in that regard. I thought about starting a re-read of East of Eden but quickly remembered this was supposed to be a vacation (I decided instead on a re-read of The Razor’s Edge by Maugham).

I’m not sure if I’m more excited or just relieved. I would’ve gone anywhere at this point for a vacation. So let the decompression begin! I don’t know about you but feeling that sense of relief is what is exciting for me. Us mad ones rarely get to feel that relief, that release of a build-up of ugliness that I could do without in the first place.

I hope our weekend goes well. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t. Just as long as the madness stays on its vacation, too. But I’m also the eternal pessimist, I will admit. I’m usually of the mindset that if it can go wrong, it will go wrong and then some (It’s the nihilism, I tell ya). But I’ll try and adopt a mindset of optimism for the weekend. It shouldn’t be too hard. My new mantra: “If it can go wrong, who cares? Let it.”

Try that on for size, Negativity.

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