I wrote a blog in November about needing a trip with just my husband. Well, we took it. I wanted to reflect on it a little.
David and I went to Branson and Silver Dollar City for the weekend. We dropped the kids off at school Friday morning and then hit the road. My older sister and brother in law graciously watched them for us. My best friend dropped them off at their house after school.
It was a very strange car ride. No arguing, no “how long till we get there,” and no “I’m hungry.” I’d like to say no bathroom breaks but I needed one;)
We arrived in Branson around lunch time and went right to Silver Dollar City. It was very strange again. We went to whatever rides we wanted and if a line was too long, we just went somewhere else. We shopped at all the little craft stations set up and went to the presentations on cast iron pots. We ate when we were hungry and the bill was small compared to what we were used to. It was a very different experience than traveling with children.
Once checked in at the hotel, we walked to some antique stores and looked around. We then came back, watched tv shows of our choices, and had some grown up time;)
The biggest thing David and I noticed was that the whole trip was much quieter than we were used to. We found ourselves frequently just holding hands and walking around in silence; simply enjoying each other’s company.
The second biggest difference was our agenda was really no agenda. That is not something that can frequently work when our three kids are with us.
I feel the weekend was much needed and we definitely need to do it more often!
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.