We love our families too!
OK, it’s time for me to rant a bit, or more than a bit! A pretty serious pet peeve of mine is the statement that some people make which basically says that they can’t go cruising because they don’t want to be removed from their family, specifically adult children and grandkids. Why does this bug me? Because it implies that those of us who are out cruising care less about our families than those who are willing to “sacrifice” their cruising dreams.
Let’s be realistic… this is not the 1800s where extended families all live together on the same parcel of land. On my side of the family, I have relatives in three different Canadian cities, some of whom are 2000 miles apart. Rebecca’s family is no different, and our daughter, and our new granddaughter, now live in California! How, if we still lived in Kingston, Ontario, would the situation be much different? Many of our family members would still be a plane trip away. Airplanes fly from the islands just as easily as they do from Toronto, so are we not in the same “boat?”
Our beautiful Granddaughter, Demi. No, we have not yet been to California to hold her in our arms, but we will soon. Our wonderful daughter Cass keeps us updated on their progress almost daily.
If you live in the same city as your kids/grandkids and see them on a daily or weekly basis, fine. If your situation is anything like ours is/was though, I call BS on that “family” excuse. There are telephones, Facebook and (video) Skype to keep in touch, and of course, there are airplanes for a real face-to-face visit. There is no can’t go cruising, there are simply choices.
Would people really want me around their children on a regular basis? I think not.