My two 14-year-old nieces are visiting from Mexico for a few weeks, and my wife and I are doing everything we can to give them a vacation to remember. Interestingly enough, it’s the one thing we didn’t give them that might have given them their most memorable moment.
We took our nieces (along with our two children Isabella (13) and Nico (7)) on a trip to Six Flags on Friday (chiropractor please!) and followed by a trip to the World Sandcastle Championships and then the Salem Witch Museum on Saturday. A very busy two day stretch by any account, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Driving home from Salem, my wife and I appreciated the incredible sky following a robust summer thunderstorm – hues of yellow, blue, orange and gray so spectacular it cannot be fully articulated in words. As we appreciated that, I was silently visualizing a Saturday evening of relaxation watching a good movie and unwinding while the kids did their own thing.
We came home to find branches strewn all over our street and our power out as the storm had wreaked its havoc while we were away. It turned out to be a real blessing in disguise. Stripped of access to the comforts of technology, the kids went into their room, turned their flashlights on, made up a goofy trivia game and laughed harder than they had all vacation. My wife and I gently lay on the couch next to each other and read, only to fall asleep and get real rest, something we desperately needed but don’t often choose (or have the opportunity to choose) for ourselves.
As I look back on things, it amazes me how often life delivers exactly what we need, when we need it, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time we’re experiencing it.
There’s always a silver lining, even when things don’t appear to go our way. We just have to look for it.