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Sail Away

June 3, 2010

We’re leaving tomorrow afternoon — Alaska bound! My two youngest sons graduated this year: One from middle school and one from high school. We are so proud of both of them as they work hard and really expect a lot from themselves.

My son Nick

It’s been such a joy watching them grow into the young men they are today. But, they are busy, busy, busy. Nick, with work and his girlfriend; Dylan, with basketball, Scouts, and friends. I rarely see them anymore. We used to eat dinner together, and now, if I want to see them all around the table, I have to plan for an 8 p.m. dinnertime. Not always ideal.

Nick will turn 18 in just a month, which seems impossible to me, and there are so many exciting things ahead for him. And he’ll be even busier than he is today! Which means…I’ll see less and less of him in the next few years. I’ve been down this path twice now, with my oldest children, and I know the routine. We’ve done our job as parents–we’ve kept him safe and warm; fed him and educated him; taught him right from wrong. And now, he has this life of his own, and I’m excited to see it all unfold — even though I’ll probably have to read about it on Facebook!

So, we booked this vacation, not only to enjoy the Alaskan scenery (whale watching, glaciers…), but to capture these children-o-mine and put them on a ship, where there is no escape. Short of jumping overboard, those boys will have to endure at least 20 hours of family time this week. Sure, I’ll give them a reprieve — let them explore the activities on the ship by themselves — at some point during the week, but if they could just give me 20 hours, I’d be happy.

I’m grateful we’re able to take this amazing trip together. I plan on posting a travel log when I return — You can’t take a BAD photo in Alaska. And you never know what kind of mischief we’ll get into while we’re there. Stay tuned…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    Have a wonderful vacation, Gwen. You earned it, you deserve it, so enjoy every minute of it!

    Love,
    Judy

  2. June 3, 2010 1:15 pm

    I”m really happy for you, but most happy for Dylan and Nick. They have been raised by the most incredible parents. And now they are going on a trip of a lifetime that will factor into all that they do from now on…..

    Lucky sons….lucky you!

  3. June 19, 2010 11:09 pm

    I loved Alaska. Can’t wait to see your travel log. Congratulations to both of your sons!

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