Five Minute Friday — Vacation

Time for Five Minute Friday thoughts. I can’t wait to join my fellow writers at Kate’s place on Facebook at to share our pearls of wisdom or our pig’s ears and mix and mingle. Okay, I guess I can wait because it’s usually Saturday before I get around to let my fingers and mind do the talking.

I’ve been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Kristin. I hope she inspires you to check us out … and maybe join in?

“I’ve been inconsistent writing for the Five Minute Friday link up throughout the years, but my words are always welcomed. That’s what I love about this flash mob writing community. These writers know our words and stories matter. Sometimes instead of writing stories, we’re living them, hence the lack of post for any given week, but our words are welcomed. Five Minute Friday is a community of people who come to their computer screens from all kinds of lives. There are stay-at-home moms and women who’ve never had kids. There are empty nesters and newlyweds. There are single ladies and a couple of brave men. People have jobs and insecurities and dreams. All of that comes to the virtual table of the gatherings that begin on Twitter each Thursday night and carry over to everyone’s blogs on Friday and throughout the coming week. There are so many ways to be a writer and this community embraces them all.”

With that, the prompt has been revealed — VACATION — and the timer is set. So, it’s time to GO…

Since I’ve retired, my life has been one continuous vacation. There are no rules to follow {okay, not many}. I get to do things I want {most of the time}. I spent too much {just like vacation}.

But it has been an energizing year … different, but energizing.

Over the past few years, I’ve spent vacation time with my grandchildren. I opted not to gather them together this year, mainly because they are hard to corral these days. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had a chance to visit with them DURING the year.

My real vacation was in December when I journeyed 5,267.3 miles, making an 18-state {including Canada}, 25-day trek visiting with five of my children and their children along with other family members and friends. During that time, I was able to take my New York crew — grandson and two granddaughters — to Lights on the Lake outside Syracuse complete with dinner at the legendary Heid’s of Liverpool; take my three grandsons to a Packer game in Cleveland {Packers won in OT, Go Pack!}; visit with my granddaughter in South Carolina; and New Year’s Day dinner with the troops from Massachusetts. And I managed time for myself and Angelina visiting my uncle and cousins in Ohio and Indiana, a second Packer game in  … STOP

  Charlotte with my oldest and youngest sons, a visit with my best friend since the fourth grade in Florida, Christmas in Nashville with my oldest son and First Night Ocean County (NJ) which ironically was cancelled but opened more time for a visit with Millie {my best friend’s mom} in Toms River. The trip was sandwiched between babysitting the grandkids in Massachusetts, reading them books at the library, watching them run around on the playground and in the yard, going to 99 for dinner and curling up for movie night in September; and a small class “reunion” with classmates from Don Bosco Tech later in January.

If interested about the entire December to Remember,

So, here’s to vacations — one day staycations, week-long adventures or every day!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Sleep with worship music or sermons on. Eighty percent of what you do is controlled subconsciously.



About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Vacation

  1. Reading your post makes me more anxious than ever to be able to retire someday. Thanks for sharing. FMF #49 this week.


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