Aerosmith has a song and album called Permanent Vacation. I never heard the song but liked a couple songs off the album, particularly Angel. However, it’s the title of the album, Permanent Vacation, which intrigues me.
In August, my family and I took a nearly two-week vacation to Israel. The trip was part of the celebration of BR’s Bar Mitzvah. As you can imagine, such a trip took a good deal of planning. Thanks Mrs. MMK – yes she did the mass majority of the planning.
Anyway, as excited as I was for the trip, I had a nagging feeling that it was too short. After all, while Israel is a small country, there were many things to see. How could we hope to see all of the country, or even a lot of it, in such a short time?
Side Note: Both Mrs. MMK and I did not want the kind of vacation where we were booked every moment.
As I resolved myself to the fact that there would be some sites we simply would not get too, I still hoped for a longer vacation.
During our vacation in Israel, we visited sites/cities including Jerusalem/Old City/Western Wall, Masada, Tel Aviv, and the Mediterranean Sea. We went to a number of museums and learned a great deal about the country’s history.
So, it was a full vacation. It included family, friends, interesting sites, good food, and memorable moments. We got to experience a different culture and see how other people live. We bonded as a family and yelled too.
Pretty awesome, I’d say.
And I wanted more.
But I was in the minority.
While SJ, BR, and Mrs. MMK had a wonderful time, they also enjoy routine. BR and SJ, in particular, needed some of that routine even while away. Time spent on their electronics brought them joy. They needed it.
What – you’re on vacation in a far-away place and you want to have time to go on electronics? Yup, the boys did need it. Electronics was part of their vacation and helped them feel a sense of routine. Without time to spend on their electronics, I’m convinced they would not have enjoyed the vacation as much.
On the last day of our vacation, my family I were wandering around Tel Aviv. We walked the streets, went to museums, and enjoyed a delicious lunch. It was our only day in the cosmopolitan city.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful, I thought to myself, if we could spend more time here?
While vacation is great fun and exciting, it can be tiring, particularly when in a foreign country where the people speak a different language. We were on the move often and at times were unclear on how things were done locally. Nothing dramatic. However, there is little opportunity to go on cruise control. One needs to be on.
The ”on mode’ wore my family down, and they were ready to go home. And I suppose I was too.
Yes, even great vacations come to an end. For the MMK family, that’s okay. We’re not interested in a permanent vacation. We enjoy vacations, and we also enjoy being home and in our routines.
Enjoying both worlds – pretty good deal I’d say.
Now where should we go for our next vacation?