Just What the Doctor Ordered
After a long several months with four kids and quite a bit of personal stress, our family got to take a vacation. We found a cabin in the mountains near Gatlinburg, TN, and rented it for a week of family time. It was wonderful. The Christmas lights are up and beautiful, and the Great Smoky Mountains are as fantastic as ever.
I remember going to the Smoky Mountains as a kid - it was a lot of fun. My parents even gave in to our persistence and allowed us to go (throw our money away at) a roadside attraction (where we met a girl whose southern accent baffled us - we were only familiar with the Kokomo accent - you know, the one where "wash" gains an r and short e sounds identical to short i). I remember seeing a bear... or perhaps thinking I saw a bear and then being too embarrassed when it wasn't really a bear that I stuck to my guns and held to the story...
I have always loved being in the Smoky Mountains. It has always captured my imagination.
So it was great allowing our kids to explore and play in the mountains. Seeing them walk on the trail, playing together, bonding with one another, running, chasing, exploring - was well worth the trip.