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...and he (Simon Peter) saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth ... not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. - Jn 20: 6-7
-Jn 20: 6-7

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ten Things You Can Always Anticipate On Vacations With Kids

We love our children. We love vacationing with them. Having stated thus, there are some things that inevitably occur or cross one’s mind when courageously traveling with young ones (we have a three year old and a one year old, so far).

Read on and let me know of any universal occurrences you’ve experienced in your travels with kids!

1. One shoe/sock (item that comes in a pair) will always get lost.
2. I don’t care what toys you brought or bought for each one, they will always want what the other has.
3. What one wants to eat, the other(s) will want to eat.
4. Where one wants to stand, the other(s) will want to stand.
5. Little digestive tracks inconsiderately misbehave (the poor things)!
6. Delirious tiredness leads to giggle-attacks right before bed and/or during other supposed-to-be-quiet moments.
7. If you have to be somewhere at a certain time, count on something coming up at the last moment impeding your family's punctual arrival.
8. There will be at least one moment of weakness where you will wonder whether all of the hard work and hassle are worth it…or several such moments.
9. You will contemplate petitioning to make foot stools for sinks a mandatory component of every public bathroom; the same for baby diaper stations.
10. You will always wish for coin-operated laundry services, at the very least, wherever you go!

Decrease of personal fundage for the sake of exposing the kids to new places - check!
Increase of appreciation for biblical caravan travel where a whole community was there to help you out - check!
Deeper affinity with the Holy Family and what they must have gone through on their pilgrimages to Jerusalem - you bet! (Of course, I'm taking it for granted here that Jesus must have been a good kid to travel with - what other kind would run to the Temple of Jerusalem when lost?)

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