We were only the second family to set-up at the camp ground for our Memorial Day weekend camping trip. We arrived on Wednesday. For two-and-a-half glorious days it was just us and the trees and the little stream. Well, and the elderly camp hosts, and a distant neighbor.
Then around lunchtime on Friday everything changed.
A parade of RVs and 5th Wheels and and giant pick-up trucks overflowing with bicycles rolled in. One by one the sites around us exploded to life. That’s when the tiny size of the sites became apparent. That’s also when we learned that our site was smack-dab in the middle of a Three-RV- Seven-Bicyle-Crowd-of-Pre-Teens family reunion. One family was on our left. The grandparents were on our right. And we were caught in the swirling stream of kids running back and forth.
Christina and I are introverts. We camp for the quiet, for peace. Our kids didn’t mind the crowding neighbors; Just more people to play with. But we had almost 3 more days ahead of us in what felt like a bustling suburb. Not our favorite!
You’ve been there. Sometimes you’re stuck in circumstances that aren’t what you hoped for. You’ve done what you can, but despite your grand intentions, some things are outside of your control. There you are. How are you going to live in this moment?