When I was in high school, instead of going to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break, my family went on skiing vacations to Colorado or other such COLD vacation spots.
When I'd get back from skiing the slopes, I'd walk the halls at school and see tan lines and white t-shirts sporting the warmth of other, non-skiing vacations. I may have also been wearing a white t-shirt, but it didn't look nearly as nice with my wind burned cheeks and pasty white arms.
I felt so sorry for myself.
I even remember pouting to my mom while we were on one of those ski trips. I didn't like to be cold. I wanted to get a tan and go to the beach and be...like everyone else!
Now, looking back, I see how ungrateful I was. I didn't realize or appreciate what an incredibly expensive, unique vacation I was given by parents who showered me with love and opportunities.
Nate and I are going to make decisions for our children that they may not like. They may pout at times and want something different - something that someone else has or does.
But hopefully, someday, they'll look back on the decisions we made and realize what amazing opportunities they were given. And how much they were (and are) loved.
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