Recently, I participated in an icebreaker event where we had to answer several questions about ourselves. For example, one question was about where you prefer to vacation. The choices were the beach, mountains, city, or staycation.

Another question was about what activities you enjoy during your vacation. Our choices included physical activities, exploring the local history, or relaxing in hammocks or on the beach. As I reflected on my responses, I started thinking about the different vacations I have enjoyed.

Over the years, my husband and I have taken a vacation every year to celebrate our anniversary. Now what makes this time together so special is my husband plans the trip, and then he surprises me with the trip’s location.

That’s right; our trip location is a surprise to me. But, for over 26 years, my husband has managed to surprise me. During our time, we have traveled to many different locations. We have cruised to exotic locations, skied distant mountains, and explored the history of other cities and countries.

Now, I know you are wondering how I know what to pack if the trip is a surprise. Typically, my husband will tell me to pack for warm or cold weather the day before we leave unless we go skiing. Then, because we have to pack special items for skiing, my husband will give three-day notice for packing.

My husband went above and beyond this year. He surprised me with a ski vacation to celebrate our 26th anniversary. On Christmas day, we spent the day skiing in 21-degree weather. It was a fantastic day for me!

Why is this trip so special? Because my husband doesn’t like cold weather and he doesn’t prefer skiing. In fact, my husband’s favorite vacation is to cruise in warm weather.

So why would he plan a vacation to a place he would not enjoy to participate in an activity he doesn’t care for? Because he enjoys making memories with his wife. Over 26 years, my husband has created special moments for us.

“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.”

-Genie, The Return of Jafar

Now you don’t have to go on vacation to exotic locations or participate in activities you don’t particularly care for to create memories. Instead, every day is an opportunity to create memories. For example, we also create memories when we spend time with our children and grandchildren.

Take time today to create special moments that will become tomorrow’s memories.


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