Hope and I are vacationing in Mexico. This is the first vacation of this kind that I’ve shared with my daughter, and let me say, it takes some getting used to.
I am learning so much about my daughter on this trip. First, she is as goofy and clumsy as ever. She is a young woman; she may not be grown=grown, but she is blossoming. Some aspects are great to see, others are awkward and still, others are “I could go to my grave and have lived well not knowing that piece of information.”
I’ve always tried to create a strong line of communication between me and Hope. It isn’t always comfortable, but it works. It allows me to gently point out miscues, work harder to meet her in the middle and feel a bit better about some of her decisions, many of which are different from mine at her age. There was a time when I would have really disparaged those decisions, but as I continue to unpack my own baggage, I try to lay down the judgment and stay present when she needs me.
Not easy, but it’s a constant goal.
I usually take this kind of trip alone or with friends; it has been a bit strange doing this with her. Not bad, but strange, like I’ve crossed some boundary. I get to set the boundaries, I decided I wanted her to have this experience of a beach/pool vacation full of rest and relaxation. We’ve checked that box; maybe we will do it again sometimes. I don’t know.
Today has been the first day that Hope got snippy with me. I knew she was moody, and why so I just apologized and moved on. As the day unfolded, we talked about the moods, the feelings (sorry, no love match at the resort) and how we just gotta move on. Meanwhile, one of the workers at this place has decided that we’re a couple, Hope is his stepdaughter, and that he’s coming back with us to the US this weekend. Amusing. It’s unrequited love, but it’s a nice ego snack.
In any case we’ve got a couple more nights here together, and I’m eager to see what happens next.
April 6th, 2022 at 6:55 pm
I can definitely relate to the “I could go to my grave and have lived well not knowing that piece of information.” with my daughter. 💞
April 6th, 2022 at 7:57 pm
Like I’m not sure if I should pretend like I don’t know, should we vow never to discuss again (either and both are ok with me!,😂)!
April 6th, 2022 at 8:50 pm
Been there! My granddaughter is as bad. There are some things Grandma does not need to know. 😂
April 7th, 2022 at 2:35 am
Y’all are vacationing around the peninsula from where my family’s from! I’m glad you’ve given Hope the opportunity to travel outside of the U.S., and it sounds like you’re both able to relax and just ENJOY, even with stresses that can come with travelling together.
April 8th, 2022 at 10:44 pm
This is special and wonderful and grand. Remember only the parts you wish to and let the rest slide. I hope you two get many many more years of travel and vacation together. Such a blessing.