I had such high hopes for this Summer. Last year’s Summer was a bit of a dud, what with my husband spending most of it recovering from two surgeries. The weather had been good and the Covid numbers down, but we simply couldn’t take advantage of it. I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m just explaining why my expectations for this year were so high. I wanted to truly enjoy this Summer, spending as much time as possible outside and taking several trips to exciting new destinations. I wanted to make up for everything we missed out on last year, and then some.
But that isn’t what happened. It’s not fun to be outside when the temperatures creep above 100 degrees, especially when that’s coupled with high humidity. Sometimes it cools down enough that we can be outside later in the evening, but it’s often rather brutal during the day . And while we did schedule a few trips, none of them are to places I haven’t already been.
At first I was a little put out when I realized that this wasn’t going to be the Summer I finally got to explore the Pacific Northwest, visit the Grand Canyon, or discover some charming New England coastal towns. I really wanted to go to all those places, and more, but by the time we had scheduled our trips to Iowa, Kansas and Indianapolis, our schedule was full. I’ll admit that I had a, “what the heck happened to my plans?” moment when I realized our travel calendar had filled up without including any new destinations. But then I thought about it some more and realized that we had some very good reasons for our choices.
We were not going anywhere new or exciting, but our destinations were still important. We went to Iowa to visit my husband’s family, and it have been over two years since we’d been there, what with Covid and health issues. We spent time with almost all of our relatives there, and few things are more important than spending time with family. Then we went to Kansas to visit dear friends and I was also able to reconnect with old classmates in the small town where I went to Middle School and High School. After the challenges of the last two years, catching up with old friends and classmates just felt right.
I think it was ten years ago when my daughter gave me a mother/daughter trip to Indianapolis for my birthday gift, and while I was there, I realized my husband would enjoy the attractions of downtown Indianapolis very much. I gave him a coupon for a couple’s weekend there several Christmases ago, but we never found the time for it. So that’s where we’re going next month, because we’ve put it off long enough. It will be a new destination for him, and a relaxing weekend for both of us.
I still have a huge list of places I want to visit. But sometimes, it’s more important to use our vacation days traveling to spend time with the people, both family and friends, who mean the most to us. And it’s especially important after two years when getting together with those people has been almost impossible. Of course I still want to visit all the fun destinations on my list, but I also know that when it comes right down to it, people are more important than places….and I know we made the right choice.