I remember once when we were in grad school in LA and I surprised Gid by planning a long weekend in Santa Barbara. We didn't have much, but I squeezed it out of the budget, and it is still something that we talk about. Getting away from the rat race that becomes our lives is so necessary to staying sane. G stuffed so much schooling (including three grad degrees) into five years, and there were times when I thought he might break. We had a baby during those years there (who is amazingly now a freshman at BYU), and kind of mark time by his age. There are things about #2's first few years that G doesn't really remember because he was so preoccupied crowding up that handsome brain of his. I know we need to keep building memories with this younger half of our family. Now is not the time to fade out.
So away we will go to faraway places, where we will regenerate, at least a little bit.