We took vacations every single year. Not weeks spent at luxury resorts, to be sure, but still, very nice, mostly family-oriented, time off. For example, we'd travel every year to visit my husband's family in his Mediterranean island home and spend several weeks enjoying beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.
Of course, we'd always buy the lowest cost airline tickets possible -- which led to some very interesting routes and layovers -- but that could hardly be considered a hardship when we were traveling to a beautiful locale for time with loved ones. We enjoyed every trip.
So, now that I've made that point about our priorities, let me talk about something that happened a little while ago in our household that might be something others can relate to.
The following exchange recently occurred between me and a recently graduated young adult son who is living with us while he saves money for his own apartment and car.
It went something like this: