Taylor Grace is three. She still has wispy baby hair and clear blue eyes. Her family is going to the beach in June; their first real vacation. They talk about it all the time. Those clear blue eyes grew big as moons when her daddy told her, “There’s a rule at the beach that mommies and daddies can’t say no if a kid asks for a popsicle.” Taylor was speechless at the very idea of such a place.
Vacation is the place where parents never have to work. Instead they reap the rewards of that work. They play with their kids all day long, or sit together and just watch them. On vacation, kindness flows more easily, even between siblings.
Since there’s no place more important to be than together, and nothing more important to do than play, kids go from pajamas to swimsuits to pajamas. They eat Fruit Loops and popsicles for breakfast, lunch and supper if they want, and are none the worse for it. A 5-year-old once told her grandma, “Oh, it’s okay Mamaw, I never brush my teeth on vacation.” Turns out she was correct as she is grown up now and has beautiful teeth.
Vacation is the place that lasts far longer than a week at the beach. When endless popsicles are but a memory, vacation will be a memory that sustains Taylor when it’s cold outside and Daddy is at work. Because it’s not simply a memory, it’s a hope and a promise ~ of going back to that place where she plays all day and Daddy doesn’t say no. peace & prayers, pastor annette