Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Something just hit me like a ton of bricks a minute ago.  Everybody is traveling.  Everybody but me, that is.

I'm not just talking about the holiday weekend.  I'm talking about vacations, weddings, conferences and quick trips to see family.  And when one trip is done another one begins the next weekend.  It's all over the blog community.  It's all that people have written about in the last two weeks. 

I never go anywhere.  Never.  The last time I went out of town was for a funeral, and it was just a one day trip.  I really don't think that counts.  Before that, Rich and I took an overnight getaway to Grand Rapids, and it was so long ago I can't even remember how long ago it was.  Three years?  And we don't even have kids.

There's various reasons we stay home.  First there's the car.  Very unreliable, or maybe it's more like we're not sure what it would do if we took it out on the open highway.  I mean, it gets me to work and around town, but it's got some issues. 

The second reason is church ministry.  It's hard to get away when I'm both church secretary AND church pianist.  If I'm not there, the choir doesn't get to rehearse.  So they lose one Sunday of singing because they wouldn't have accompaniment, and lose the following Sunday because they didn't get to rehearse on the Sunday I missed.  It's quite a tricky situation when I'm the only one who plays piano.

The third reason is money.  Obviously, everyone is feeling the budget crunch these days.  Yet all of you are traveling in spite of it.  How do you do that?

I can't but help feel a twinge of jealousy toward all you travelers.  Everyone seems to have somewhere to go.  But not me. I just keep going to work and then come home and do all the same old stuff.  Over and over again. 

I want a vacation, too!  (I really needed to get that off my chest.)


  1. Girl! You need a vacation! And the choir needs one, too! GO TO DISNEY.

  2. I've stopped listening to people talk about their vacations. I hold up a hand in the air and say, "I've heard enough. I don't want to hear any more. Seriously." (Then I laugh and say, "But how was Mickey, really?")

  3. How do I afford to travel? EVERY spare dollar goes to buying plane tickets. You'd think I was kidding, but really, it's what any extra money goes to, especially with the increase of prices. I have only traveled one time where I actually had to pay for a hotel, so that's also a plus. I mainly travel to see family.

    When I went on family vacation, my parents paid for it. I'm very fortunate to have parents that not only want me to go on these trips, but they are willing/able to pay for it. Because I'm not.

    You need a trip, maybe somewhere close, like a lake or a beach (I don't know where you live, or I forgot it). I can't believe the choir performs each week...don't they ever take a break? Our church doesn't have choir all summer long.


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