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Vacation Is Important


I Have Disagreed With My Wife For Years

We have to drift back in time

To way back when

The year was 1983

I was a High school graduate

Thrown into the working world

I had big dreams

I thought if I worked hard and followed my dreams

I wouldn't have to wait to have a vacation

Two or four weeks of the year

I could enjoy the good life anytime

Taking time off when I needed

First I had to dedicate my time now

It would pay for itself years later

My future plans would include retiring early

At the age of 40

I worked through my days off

Vacations I postponed to the end of the year

Forced to take them

Dedicated to one result

As the years rolled by

My dreams didn't come true

At age thirty-four I met my wife

She didn't see my vision

She believed that we should enjoy our life

Going on vacation at different times during the year

It is o.k. to dream

Do both dream and hard work

Also, you need time off and breaks

To ensure good health and a bright future

I continued to dream new dreams

Making sure life is not only work but much more

Including family and friends and fun time

Thirty- eight years from my original dream

I am on vacation and enjoying life again

There are many things I haven't accomplished

Which I gave all I had but it wasn't meant to be

Then there are things that I wouldn't have ever enjoyed

We have traveled with my mom to Florida, Las Vegas and Arizona

My mom has been gone seven years

Those experiences would of never happened

We have also traveled to Aruba and Vermont

With everything going on in the world with COVID 19

Where people can't travel

We still took our vacation

Spending quality time together

At home with no work

Eliminating stress and unwinding

I have realized she was right

Life can't be all work and no play

We need a balance

Without it life will always be out of alignment

Years later some things maybe impossible to fix

She has given me time for myself every day

Where I can think and imagine

Of a world I want

At the same time having a special love

That doesn't grow old

Only gets better over time

A win-win


DREAM ON (author) on April 28, 2020:

Dora Weithers I went outside in the yard today digging up some hosta plants and dividing them and replanting them. I love that you can start with a few plants and end up with many. When I am outside I forget what time it is and just enjoy smelling the fresh air and feeling the dirt in my hands. Thank you for reading and sending your kind thoughts.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 28, 2020:

You're blessed. Please let your wife know how happy I am for both of you.

DREAM ON (author) on April 27, 2020:

Gypsy Rose Lee You are a writer through and through. You find a way to write no matter what your obstacles are. Thank you for putting your best foot forward. I know it can't be easy. You lead the way. No senior citizen will never be the same. Have a beautiful night. Thank you for reading and sharing.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 27, 2020:

I don't remember the last time I ever went on a vacation. However, once this terrible time is over I plan on taking some days to just relax. So for me to get out and away from the PC will like a vacation. Right now, I am busy writing up a storm with writing jobs and projects. What will now make things easier for me is that my SS benefits are coming in on May so if all else fails I will have some money each month and that is a great relief. I just don't know who the senior citizen is that is getting the benefits because I am still enjoying my rock and roll but it is good that her benefits can go straight to my bank account.

DREAM ON (author) on April 26, 2020:

Linda Crampton I didn't know what to do with myself on vacation from years of working all the time. I was convinced that I could work as farmer sunup to sundown. No need for days off. Work and save. Then after years of commitment, I wasn't seeing The Wonderful World Of Disney. Each day just became another day. Weekends and holidays didn't matter. That is no way to live. I had someone so special to make each day a little more special. Even if I wasn't going to retire early I could enjoy more things while I was still young. Thank you for reading and appreciating my thoughts and positive attitude to make a difference. Wishing you the best. Stay safe.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 26, 2020:

The balance between work and vacation is sometimes hard to get right. Both periods are important. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

DREAM ON (author) on April 26, 2020:

Jamie Lee Hamann Life gives us many opportunities to do all kinds of different things. We make the best choices and hope they will lead us to a bigger and brighter future. It is uncertain how our life will change and where we will be. All I can say is I am thankful for all those people I have met who help make my life so wonderful every day along the way. Thank you for reading and sharing. Remember not to burn yourself out. We need you around for a long, long time. Thank you for all that you do. My work is open and they have cut my hours. I originally planned to travel to Los Angeles for a one hundred birthday party. With everything going on it was canceled. We kept our vacation and decided to do some Spring cleaning. (lol) Have a wonderful day.

DREAM ON (author) on April 26, 2020:

James A Watkins I found that I can be pretty stubborn at times believing I am right. Sometimes you have to listen to other people and admit when you are wrong. It is hard not to trust your instincts even if things turn out differently than expected. It is nice to move on and share a life of love than have a dream alone. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. It is always fun to share.

James A Watkins from Chicago on April 26, 2020:

Amen. Right on. I am with you. I agree.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 26, 2020:

I have been working since the beginning. I work in a medical lab. As a matter of fact they have furloughed everybody but me and I am the only tech in the lab. Anyways they have cut my hours, they cut only an hour or two a day, so I use my vacation time to keep my pay up to budget. I have plenty to be thankful for and I am grateful for the chance to work through this but vacation will have to wait till next summer this year. Thank you for opening this conversation by your delightful poem. Jamie

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