The Number One Life Lesson Taught By a Child While on Vacation

You've done it! You managed to plan the perfect family trip down to a scheduled poop. Then what? You're driving along and your child sees something that sparks their interest. What do you do?             
 
What started as a day trip to Hanging Rock State Park, for a short hike and picnic by the waterfalls, ended up with us diving into the lake with our clothes on. Afterall,  who packs swim gear when it's not on the ridged itinerary? My son saw those children splashing about, laughing, and having a gay ole time. His eyes lit up with delight. As we thought about the three trails we planned to attempt, we also thought about how swimming wasn't factored into those plans. Afterall, we hadn't packed swim gear. It was at that moment we looked into his eyes, looked at each other, shrugged, and made the right turn towards the lake. It was in that moment I learned to say "WHAT PLANS?"

I'm so glad we did. It was liberating, it was stress free, it was FUN! I've always been very spontaneous, but somewhere along this road of motherhood I've lost that edge.

Yup, we still took the hike...all 3 trails!
Yup, we still had our picnic.
Sometimes you have to ditch the plans and live in the moment as it comes.  Some people choose to live THROUGH their children, we've decided to live WITH ours.

For more breathtaking views of the waterfalls located within Hanging Rock State Park click HERE.
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11 comments:

  1. I'm a control freak learning to let go and enjoy the moment!

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    1. It's easier said than done. A constant work in progress

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  2. So pretty! And good advice. Now if only I could follow it myself sometimes!

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    1. Parenting is about structure and scheduled so it's hard to deprogram.

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  3. Great advice... I need to remind myself to live in the moment more often.

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    1. It's way more fun. Less missed opportunities

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  4. It gets easier as you get older to let go and let live.

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    1. I sure hope so. We are trying to give him more input during vacation planning now

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  5. I need to be more spontaneous. I tend to plan things as well. I need to be more open, especially as my daughter gets older.

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    1. We've found that catering to his spontaneous interest always yields a teachable moment and it teaches us more about him as he evolves.

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  6. What a great memory for him to have in the years to come.

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