Comments on: When It Rains… http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/ The Smith family of Piedmont, CA, goes round the world. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:52:51 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 By: Kia http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-162 Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:41:48 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-162 For some reason this made me get a little teary. It’s so beautiful, and beautifully written. I love your descriptions of frustrations and down moments. Reading this makes me envious (and almost sad) that our boys aren’t getting this amazing experience. Think of your kids working in the tavern….how great is that?

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By: Garett http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-147 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 20:01:48 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-147 Your stay at the Blackball Hilton sounds like a real winner. I wish we could be there, too! Also, it’s great to know that Morgan is out running again!

I liked the marathon-related quote. Another one of my faves has been: “It never always gets worse.”

We think about your family every day. Please keep up the great blog posts!

– Holly, Garett & Sawyer

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By: Cheryl http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-146 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 18:37:55 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-146 Gosh David, that was exactly what I was going to write!! ..uhm ..well sorta something along those lines..lol…. It is true. I know from my travels, it’s the times that I encounter problems and challenges that always lead to the most significant periods of insight. I’m glad that you can return to running to relax in the familiar and see the world in an “off the beaten path” sort of way. Just be careful not to let it suck you in too much…least you spend too much of your trip in a state of “constantly preparing” for an event down the road..instead of being present for what is happening around you now. Love and miss you guys :)

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By: angela http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-145 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 18:24:23 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-145 You are right on, Sarah. Travel is hard. Like you said, highs and lows. I hope this week brings you guys some better weather and a little time apart! We have been visiting friends this week, and it was such a refreshing change from our travels. Take care.

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By: David W. Lavender http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-144 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:55:59 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-144 In “Waiting for Godot”, Valdimir famously observes that “habit is a great deadner”–and he’s right, of course. But the corollary is that the familiar can often comfort, can narcotize us to the point where we blithely embrace the proverbial ‘unexamined life.’ It sounds as if travel–in a way that must be both delightful and daunting–is daily forcing you to ask the sort of question (“Just what the heck am I doing here?”) that we so rarely ask ourselves while sleepwalking through our daily routines. I think that in the long run this has to be a good thing, no matter how challenging it may seem in the short run!

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By: Brendan http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-143 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 02:58:42 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-143 Back when I was just stepping out of the US, Siobhan told me that, from personal experience, it’s okay to have culture shock and to want to cry sometimes. It can be a pain navigating a foreign country just by oneself–four people (two of whom are kids) sounds crazy.

Have you guys had the opportunity for any train travel yet? Train travel is awesome (and I imagine it is exponentially more awesome if you’re young) and it’s really relaxing to just watch the scenery for a day or two and not have to worry about anything besides making the occasional conversation with people in the dining car or which book you want to read next. Great fun.

Hang in there!

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By: Kelly Valen http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-142 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:00:44 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-142 i really enjoyed this one. i should be working but i love reading your posts. if it were all positive, it wouldn’t be authentic or balanced. keep them coming! (meanwhile, that family’s bangkok adventure you copied me on was enough to turn any family off to that stop! hopefully, we won’t encounter those kinds of difficulties.)

here’s my two cents: stay off twitter – it will ruin your experience! don’t beat yourself up about booking errors. i double booked two rather expensive houses on martha’s vineyard for the same week this summer and spent weeks agonizing and wondering if steve would divorce me. managed to get a few days’ rent back on one of them so a very costly error, but looking back? these things happen. you’re trying to give your family an amazing experience and covering so many bases at once. cut thyself some slack. you will laugh about all that very soon, i suspect.

so glad things are going better

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By: Martha Howard http://away-together.com/2009/11/02/when-it-rains/comment-page-1/#comment-141 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 12:56:50 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=814#comment-141 Hey Sar – hang in there. You sound a little exhausted. I know how your head colds hit you. Peaks and valleys… Before you know it you’ll be back on cloud 9 about all of this. C & K will have so much fun in the pub! Tell them Happy Halloween for me. They can be planning their costumes (I’ll help make them!) for next year. Love you guys soooo much –

M.

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