Tickets are booked, time off work was approved and my calendar finally has nine days blocked out in bright pink marker: this January, I’m going to Maui! And not just me…my whole big fat Italian family.
My family is super close. I think moving around a bunch when we were little played a role in that- we always met new friends, but the six of us were constant- and we not only loved and cared and shared with each other- we had a ton of fun. A few years ago, though, life broke us up geographically.
I moved to Missouri for school, then New York for work, now New Mexico; two of my brothers left Chicagoland for school in Iowa; and my littlest brother (the term little used loosely since he’s bigger than I am) heads to college next year. Since the moving started, it’s been basically impossible to find time we’re all free- and when we do, the trips are usually to where one of us are living. More than a week away, together, is going to be such a treat…especially in where might be the most beautiful place we’ve ever been!
(Photo via mauihi, which I’m following on Instagram to get a daily dose of we’re-going-here excitement!)
I’m looking forward to exploring the island, seeing Mt. Haleakala and taking the Road to Hana. I can’t wait to visit the Seven Sacred Pools or check out the lavender farm. But most of all, I’m excited to lay by the beach with a drink in hand, surrounded by family and our family friends, who we’re also going with. I want to catch up with everyone in person and have another adventure- one that will be a little different than vacations past now that we’re all basically “grown-ups.”
The one thing about the trip that’s a little bittersweet is the thought that it may be the last trip like this we have together for awhile. My youngest brother is going away to college, and my other two brothers will enter the work world (one of them already has an engineering job lined up for when he graduates). So here’s to planning the best way to spend that special family time. The countdown begins!