Monday, June 20, 2016

'16/#25 I Think It's Over

This adventure with the grandkids has not gone as we had hoped. We always knew that our plans were written in jello but this is even worse than we thought it would be. The plan was to have the kids with us the whole summer or as I said many times "as long as they can stand us or we can stand them". Well the tolerance point is 10 days. We are on our way home.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                    Many of our friends had warned us about taking grandchildren on vacation. Loving relationships strained by the proximity of the limited space in an RV, the mile after mile of boredom traveling to a destination, and trying to simultaneously have a parent/child and grandparent/child relationship are just too much. We thought we were different and of course our grandchildren would be no problem but we learned other wise. As we have aged we have learned that things that we ignored from our kids drives us batty as grandparents. The kids, expecting nonstop fun from Granddad and Grandmommy are disappointed. It all comes down to "Oh well, we tried".

The kids will be home soon and we will have a few things to take care of. Then we we will recalculate and set out in a new direction on our adventure as a duo instead of a foursome. The trip, while not always fun will be remembered and that is ultimately what we wanted to do. Make memories.

This the last leg of our journey so goodnight from our home in Jacksonville FL because.....

Home is where we park it,
Frank and Mary


  1. Sorry it didn't turn out as planned, for both of you AND the kids. I know you love them, they're wonderful kids and you wanted to create a lifelong memory, but like you said Frank, plans are written in Jello. Gotta go with the flow and do what's best for all.

  2. We can relate, that is why we will meet our kids and grandkids somewhere, but will not travel with them! Our friends did pick up most of their grandkids in KS and MD, then drove to FL where parents joined in for the fun! Have a great adventure as a twosome!