We spent several days out of town last week, enjoying the perks of nice accommodations and meals since Grady was traveling for business, and enjoying time with my cousin and her (darling!) family. I'm thankful we went last week since the weather was perfect for enjoying the zoo and playing outside, and this week, well not so much. But, for what it's worth, I have thoroughly enjoyed the cold rain of today. After a string of days with constant motion and activity, it's been nice to be home and inside. And like I've said before, my coffee tastes better on rainy days and my bubble bath feels better on cold days.
And, why is it that when we travel and spend our days exhausting all energy on sightseeing, my kids hit the pillow and sleep all night long and promptly wake up at 6:30 am? Good grief, they're never up before 7:00 or 7:30 most mornings and that's when they're not in a room that has block-every-ray-of-light blinds.
And, why is it that sharing a hotel bed is a whole lot of fun, but the minute we get in the car shouts and shoves ensue when someone touches someone else?
Travelling means different people in different places doing different things. Culture. Traditions. Accents. Cuisine. Colors. Rubbing shoulders with unfamiliar people gives my kids a chance to see the world as much larger than their quiet and safe cul de sac at home. It allows them to see, experience, and learn how to relate to people different from our family and regular group of friends.
Travelling means being flexible and adaptable. What we want and what we prefer isn't always an option. Meal times shuffle. Bed times are different. Routines from the typical ebb and flow of daily life change and we learn to adjust with it.
Travelling allows your kids to see other parts of God's big world and provides unique opportunities for your kids to observe that God is the same God at home as He is in other places. Kids everywhere need the same things, disobey in the same ways, and play the same kind of games. My kids begin to understand that time and location has nothing to do with the character of God and the truth of His word.