I found my "goals" diary in a box in the garage. I started it in 1992...when I earned my master's degree. I penned my goals in 5 year increments..up until I was 85. One of the goals I had [by 2003] was to take my entire family to a vacation in Hawaii..which would include: myself , grand kids and their parents; my mom and Jack; my brother John and his entire family; my sister Glenna and her entire family; my sister Pat and her entire family. Lofty!
Well, no to Hawaii but Yes to the Oregon Coast! Yes, it is 6 years past my goal...but it is happening. I remember when I wrote it, thinking, "well, I might never have grand kids..and I might never be able to afford it, but I'll write it down anyway". I have invited my son, DIL, and my wonderful grand kids, my bro and his wife, my step-son and his wife, and I offered up ideas for a family reunion several times in the past two years. Hopefully, we'll all get together when the economy is better. I just need to win the damned lottery!
So...it is what it is. It's gonna be fun!
So..I put the deposit down today for a 5 day vacation right on the beach....with a hot tub..and I have two grand kids to enjoy it with. Most importantly...I have a great husband to enjoy it with, which I didn't have in my "goals diary". I also have a wonderful son and DIL...who will hopefully enjoy it with us, and a fabulous step-son & wife who I hope can make it. Maybe my bro and sis-in-law will ride in as well?
If my mom would have ever said to me..."we are paying for a vacation for you and your kids...right on a beach"....I would have been screaming for joy! Are you kidding me????
I have always said to myself..and to my husband, "if my kids ever have children, I will be a very involved grandma". I am.