*Originally posted on February 4, 2017. I thought it was timely to repost, especially because of today’s worship service lesson giving value to the relationship between spouses and children.
Some people are surprised when I tell them that I go on vacation with just my parents. “It’s just the 3 of you?” Yes, and it’s so much fun! We get to do all the things that I want to do and eat all of the food that I want to eat. I really get to enjoy the perks of being the youngest . The first time we vacationed was in 2014, when went to the Philippine Arena for the first time for PBA and the EVM Awards. Then we went to Palawan, Bohol, and our home in Pili, Bicol.
For this most recent vacation, even though my parents were here for a month, I only had one week to vacation with them because of work, school, and choir. During that week, we went to our home in Pili, but there was no electricity because the typhoon knocked down all the power lines. Besides the two days we had in Legazpi, we were mostly just hanging out at the mall.
But I told myself, I shouldn’t waste this time that I have with my parents. I only get to see them twice a year so this vacation has to be special. It’s not WHAT we do that’s important, but that the time we spend together is meaningful. So every chance that I got, we talked about everything – I asked them about their childhood, their first jobs, how they met, how they immigrated to America. All of the things that I never knew about them. I kept telling them, it’s important to share your stories with your kids, because if you don’t, they’ll get lost forever.
This past vacation really strengthened my bond with my parents. We spent quality time with each other, not from a bunch of activities, but from meaningful conversations. And that is what I will treasure the most. For all of you reading this, make sure to take the time to talk with your parents. Don’t take it for granted. Because before you know it, you’ll grow up and live away from them, and might not get the same chance to learn their history. Hear their stories and pass them on, and you’ll end up growing even closer along the way