On The Water

I came to vacation very tense…part of me did not want to be here as we just moved a large part of my responsibility and it needed tending.

But, wasn’t the main reason I sold the businesses was because I wanted to spend more time with my family?

Yes it was.

As a matter of fact it was an event that occurred during a vacation that prompted me to “pull the trigger”.

Elissa, Me & Megan....Kelliann had to head back last night...

Elissa, Me & Megan….Kelliann had to head back last night…

Even sitting on the beach late Monday with Alicia, a good book, and a tumbler of scotch on the rocks didn’t get me in the moment.

This morning , I got back in my “Island Routine” and before I knew it, I was really on vacation, even though I had a few calls and e-mails from the offices.

Up early and off to Holy Family Church…recitation of the Holy Rosary at 0730 and Mass at 0800…with special prayers for my best friend, Ed on his birthday.

Lounging around after Mass, Alicia and I enjoyed Bloody Mary’s on the balcony as we waited for Megan and her friend Ivey to roll out of bed and for Elissa and her friend, Laura Jean to arrive.

ADPi sisters, Jelly & Laura Jean

ADPi sisters, Jelly & Laura Jean

Family activity for the afternoon was guide-led Kayaking in the Broad Creek with the four girls while Mrs. V did “her thing” and also made plans for dinner.

There is nothing like four young ladies to make you forget all the negative things life and work throw at you. There were times that we had three different conversations going on simultaneously across the dinner table. Happy noise and I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to have a son.

Posing in "Oyster Alley"..from Left... "Poppa V", Megan, Elissa, Ivey, Laura Jean.

Posing in “Oyster Alley”..from Left… “Poppa V”, Megan, Elissa, Ivey, Laura Jean.

I am finally in the moment and enjoying it. I worked on re-writing a brochure after dinner, but I enjoyed doing so and I did it because I wanted to, not because I had to.

Megan & Ivey, side by side

Megan & Ivey, side by side, with matching pink, “Masters Hats”

Like Caleb, I’m doing well.

We all need to do that. What we do at work is important…but what we do with our family is more important.

As they get older, how many more of these opportunities will I have before they are married and gone?

It is Another Life’s Lesson.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to On The Water

  1. Phyllis Loftis says:

    Good for you, Ray! Your priorities are in order! Believe me, they are grown and gone with families of their own before you know it! Enjoy every precious moment!



  2. Wonderful post Ray


  3. Enjoy every special moment Ray ~ one day you’ll realize that they were the big things! xo


  4. Cheri says:

    Have a great vacation and BE THERE, not anywhere else. 🙂


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