Enjoy a Family Vacation without Drama, Weapons, or Lawsuits

group-kids-jumping-lake-6604726I recently joined my adult children and their families on a wonderful trip to the Oregon Coast. This is a remarkable achievement for me because I have two brothers within a day’s drive of my home and we would rather eat rancid snot than spend an hour with each other.


I haven’t seen my older brother in 17 years, and now I wonder if I could convince a reality show to sell lucrative sponsorships to bring us together. He would do that for the money. My younger brother would just ask, “So, why do you want to get together, anyway?”

My parents were strict, hard-working farmers who couldn’t be bothered with family vacations or sibling relationships. My father started each day at 6:00 am by blaring John Philip Sousa marches throughout the house, pounding on our bedroom doors, and hollering, “Get up. Time is money!” That explains my uncontrollable eye twitch every time I hear “Stars and Stripes Forever.”


My dad was a brilliant businessman who worked from poverty to riches, but he lost his family along the way. After he died young, my brothers banded together to acquire his abundant estate. It was a scene from the final chapter of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I attempted to protect my mother’s finances and so my older brother, a lawyer, sued me. I won the suit and was awarded a court order against him. Consequently, there have been no laughing, loving vacations to the coast.


My brother has never met my husband or my children’s spouses or their children. That is an enormous loss for him because my kids are fabulous and have the lives I always wanted for them. They love each other, and their children are close cousins. It’s like The Waltons – the old television show not the billionaire family with all the stores.


Last week I watched my children and their families scamper along the beach, learn about whales, throw nets to catch crabs, hike through an enchanted forest, and sit around a campfire. The parents introduced clam chowder to their five children, jostled diapers and dogs in a rented recreational vehicle, and explored new vistas along the coast. Best of all, they laughed together. And then they eagerly planned the next family vacation.


I can’t change my past or make my brothers arrive at my door with a baked turkey and a pie. Well, not without a food taster. But I can move forward with gratitude that my children broke my family’s tradition of tense animosity. And, if either one threatened a law suit, the other would just laugh and bring out some snacks and adult beverages. In one respect, my father was correct. Time is money, as long as it’s time spent together as a family. My grandchildren are rich, indeed.

Add a Blog


  1. If some one wants expert view on the topic of blogging and site-building then i recommend him/her to
    pay a visit this web site, Keep up the pleasant work.

  2. Great post. I was checking continuously this
    blog and I am impressed! Very useful information specifically the last part :) I care for such info a lot.

    I was seeking this certain info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  3. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what
    all is required to get set up? I’m assuming
    having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Appreciate it

  4. Hey just wanted to give you a brief heads up and
    let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

  5. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I
    would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.

    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get
    the hang of it!

  6. What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are no longer actually
    a lot more neatly-preferred than you may be now.
    You’re very intelligent. You know therefore considerably with regards to this subject, made me personally imagine it from so many various
    angles. Its like women and men are not fascinated except
    it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs excellent.

    At all times care for it up!

  7. I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the web will be much more useful
    than ever before.

  8. After looking at a number of the blog posts on your web site, I
    seriously appreciate your way of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list
    and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too and let me know your opinion.

  9. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter
    stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly
    the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  10. Hello! I simply want to give you a huge thumbs up
    for the great information you have got here on this post.
    I’ll be returning to your web site for more soon. natalielise pof

  11. You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    Always follow your heart. pof natalielise

  12. 1228 350483Trop excitant de mater des femmes lesbiennes en train de se doigter la chatte pour se faire jouir. En plus sur cette bonne petite vid o porno hard de lesb X les deux jeunes lesbienne sont trop excitantes et super sexy. Des pures beaut de la nature avec des courbes parfaites, les filles c est quand v 285674

  13. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem with your site in internet explorer, might test this?
    IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a good part of other folks will
    leave out your excellent writing because of this problem.

  14. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.

    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow,
    just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  15. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the
    structure of your site? Its very well written; I love what
    youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only
    having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out
    better? pof natalielise


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here