In the 22 years since Jamee's birth, we've traveled a lot. We've seen wonderful, beautiful places. We've visited cities and mountains and beaches. But we've never traveled alone, just the two of us. We never took weekend getaways or attended marriage retreats. And, shockingly, our marriage is very much intact and very happy sans "dates."
I usually avoid telling people that getting away alone is something Jim and I have never done since we became parents. It seems to be the general opinion of our generation that a marriage without regular date nights and romantic getaways can't possibly be a good one. If I do happen, for whatever reason, to mention this omission, people look at me in utter disbelief.
But here's the thing. I've never felt like we've been missing out on something vitally important to the health of our marriage. We didn't have the time nor the finances to take some trips with the kids and some without, so we chose to take them with us. We love, truly love, traveling with our children. They brought such excitement and wonder to every trip. I have always been of the attitude that there will be time for Jim and I to travel together when the kids are gone. But the truth is, getting away alone is likely never going to be simple for us. We have two children who will, always and forever, need total and constant care. I know that we will find ways to make it happen but it won't be frequent.
Last week Jim and I went on the closest thing to a get away that we've ever had. Just one little catch. Kruz went with us.
Jamee was scheduled to run her last races of her career at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Fairfax, Va. Jim and I booked flights for last Thursday and spent several days in DC and Virginia together. We made time to get to the track meet on Saturday and Sunday but otherwise spent the time together, with Kruz in tow.
|Preparing for the last race of her 12 year running career.|
|And just like that, it's over. |
She finished her career year with the best times of her life. A second and sixth place finish at the championships.
It's happy and sad.
|He was totally and completely infatuated with the little friend he found in our hotel room mirror. Most of the time in our room was spent right here with his buddy. Poor child desperately needs playmates.|
And as we look back over the years and the many, many trips we've taken with our kids, we have no regrets, not one. If we had it to do over again, we'd take them with us every time
God is good, all the time