Out With the Old…

family fun with Pearls For Life
family fun with Pearls For Life

When I was a kid, my dad took us on an outing every weekend. We went hiking, camping, fishing, joined an astronomy club the year Haley’s Comet sailed past the earth and went to Palomar Mountain to check it out through telescopes. We had a sail boat and we’d spend the night sometimes and listen to the crustaceans scratch at the hull and the lapping of water all night. In the morning, we’d set sail – no agenda. Actually, now that I think about it, that was the only time dad didn’t have an agenda; we literally went where the wind took us.

He made life an adventure.

He piled us in the car and tool us to Cabrillo Monument about 4 times a year. It’s still the running joke of the family. Quite honestly, I could go the rest of my life without seeing it, except that my grandfather is now buried at Rosecrans Cemetery, on the way to the point, overlooking Coronado where he spent the last nearly 40 years of his life.

I was recently talking with a friend of mine about things she and her husband like to do on date night. She said each time they go out, they take turns planning something they’ve never done before. This last time he had planned dinner at a Thai restaurant, which neither of them had tried, and then went to the shooting range. They both ended up loving it.

What a great idea to plan for the family – a day of doing new things, making memories and perhaps starting an unexpected tradition. Even if it’s one you laugh at years later.

If you’re anything like our family, you don’t have an unlimited budget; maybe just enough to fill the gas tank and head out to the mountains for a hike. Go to the tide pools, take the tram up the mountain in Palm Springs. Take the boat to Catalina, rent kayaks, try new foods.

Or go in another direction – one of helping others. Help package food for the needy, pick up trash on your city, give your time at a church rummage sale.

Give you life a chance to expand.

Out with the old…