When you said you wanted us to go on a vacation and you sent me a check, here are some of the things that went through my head. Wha-WHAT, do you know what I could buy with that kind of money?! New kitchen appliances that we desperately need. A big portion of a new car that we’re gonna need soon. New furniture I really want but can’t afford. I had this fear that we would go on vacation for one week and that I would come home thinking, “I just spent ALL that money and now I have nothing to show for it.” Well, guess what? I could not have been more wrong. At the end of the seven days, we are going home with something MUCH better than material possessions. We are going home with incredible memories we will have forever and new bonds that will last a lifetime. And those are so much better than anything else money can buy. So thank you. No wait, that doesn’t show you how thankful I really am. THANK YOUUUU!!!!!
Your granddaughter who will always remember what you gave her
But now we’re back home, and I’m sitting in my house looking at my broken dishwasher, our really old car, and the big empty space where I want to put a couch. And I’m wondering whether we made the right decision. It was so much money. SOOOOO much. And we’re not the kind of family that has money to burn. But then I look at the pictures:
So I’m gonna say, yes. Yes, it was worth it. Because being together, watching my kids have the time of their lives, and making memories that will last forever are so much more important than any “things” I could have bought. So if you see me driving a crappy car around town, or holding my dishwasher door carefully so it doesn’t crash open because the spring is broken, or sitting on the floor watching TV, that’s why. And it’s a damn good reason.
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