The Power of ‘Vacation’

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking”.

Earl Wilson

In the past few years, since our oldest Ashley was in and finished college, moved to her career and married life in Wisconsin, Sandy and I have made a point to create and schedule our family vacation time. This past month we found and rented a place for our next summer vacation. Planning a family vacation, sometimes a year out, has become something that we do on a regular basis. As our family grew and moved, as we grow older and more ‘generative’, building a foundation for memories is crucial to a happy life.

The focus on family and our communities is more and more important to all. Intergenerational planning, play and love are a key component to our health, happiness and quality of life.

It has been said that the family that ‘plays together, stays together’, I could not agree more! The opportunity to build lasting memories within our multigenerational family is increasingly important.

The term "generativity" was coined by the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson in 1950 to denote "a concern for establishing and guiding the next generation." I like the thought “the bling-bling just does not have the same ring-ring”.

Fancy stuff won’t fill the void of playing with the grandkids on vacation.

Multigenerational vacations can be a great learning tool for everyone, young and older, cooperation and collaboration begins at home and leads to better people. New experiences, however large or small, can add tremendous familial value. Heck the last time we rented the cottage in Grand Haven Papa Tom taught granddaughter Harper the importance of holding on to the railing on the stairs; she still talks about it two years later.

Little things matter. Think about these-

· Planning is half the fun

· It does not have to be a fancy, expensive time

· Life is an adventure, especially on vacation.

· Togetherness is the best

· Generativity is awesome!