We did something unprecedented. Revolutionary, really. We stayed in Virginia Beach for the weekend.
It is a terrible thing to stay right on the beach yet be trapped ALL day in an exhibit hall. The hours were beyond long. Our family needed a respite.
We don't really vacation. We're gypsies who travel around the world. We travel to work. To raise awareness. To raise a buck. But we don't go many places just for the heck of it, to have a good time or just be.
Friday as I sat on the edge of the kiddie pool watching Vivian flap her legs like a mermaid, my eyes welled up unexpectedly. I realized that for the first time in her lifetime our family was on a sort of holiday. This was our first trip as a trio apart from grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends. We had no where to be and nothing to do. No obligations or responsibilities.
Sometimes you don't know you need something until you receive it.
Typically we would have felt extraordinarily guilty for such an indulgence. I think we're growing. We're learning that we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others.
Revolutionary. And healthy.