On the Road Again

On the Road Again

My family loves to travel. In fact, this past week we were in Hilton Head. Earlier this year we were in Orlando. Who knows where we’ll go this fall…if we can.

You see, things are changing in our house. The kids are getting older, and life’s becoming a bit more difficult. For instance, in two weeks, Maddie, our oldest, will start high school. She also just learned that she made the soccer team and will be spending quite a lot of time practicing and traveling to games. Our next two, Alex and Riley are still at our parish grade school, which has a completely different schedule than the high school. Schedules are different now, and things are more complicated. In short, I can see potential cracks already forming in our family together time.

So I’m reminded to embrace and enjoy the importance of times like this past week. Sure, for a good part of the time each of the kids engrossed his or her self in their iPods, movie players or video games. But they still were enthusiastic about taking part in traditions we’ve had for years during our travels, such as playing the license plate game. For this mom, it was a good reminder that no matter how much things may change, some things will always keep us connected. And what a blessing those times are.


About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley, and Kacey.