The last four days have been marvelous.
I couldn’t have written a better script for our time together. There was plenty of group times, especially at meals. Several of us took turns cooking. And those that didn’t cook, cleaned up.
There were three generations in the house. Brother, sister, brother-in-law, wife, daughter, sons, daughters-in-law’s, niece, her son, and my grandson. What a mouthful.
Everyone was there to enjoy each other’s company.
We hadn’t all been together since before my grandson was born. The pandemic squashed us being there for my grandson’s birth or to help in the first days and weeks after he came home. Frequent pictures and zoom were our way of staying connected and watching his growth.
Thankfully, by the time he was ten months old, we were able to spend a few days in person.
And now four full days with him, and all the family. Well, all but a sister and brother-in-law out west. They had been on the east coast in July, visiting with many friends and family members. Mom was there too via View Clix, sharing moments and seeing what was going on. Oh, and there was a birthday party on Friday night, complete with cake and ice cream.
My grandson got to meet both of his great-grandmothers on this trip.
He may not remember these visits, but I know both great-grandmothers will remember. My grandson spent more time visiting and meeting new family than he had done in his entire first year. Once again, the credit for that goes to Covid-19 and the pandemic.
I am so thankful that my depression did not come on the vacation.
When I packed my medication, I had a flash of dread thinking that depression might figure a way to upset the vacation. This quickly faded as I counted out 4 days’ worth of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, and 4 days of 10 mg Lexapro.
In the end, I needn’t have worried about depression crashing the party.
My days were filled with my family. I was very much in the moment most of the time. With a huge game room in the house we rented, I said yes to every invitation to play. It was all about playing, not just about winning. However, I did win my fair share.
So, now I am back at home doing laundry.
Tomorrow I go back to work. I will have many pictures to share. I thought there would be more. But often, I found myself just enjoying what was going on. I didn’t need to capture it on film, I was capturing it in my heart. At one point there were four adults in the living room, three of whom were on their phones checking email or playing a game.
I was on the floor, watching my grandson play with a truck while watching Coco melon.
Words cannot describe how thankful I am that everyone came. Getting to spend time where no one was rushed to do anything, is rare today. I am already thinking about how and when to have a similar vacation next year.