Family Vacation

Today we flew from LA to Washington, D.C., where we're spending the night before leaving for Europe tomorrow. I thought I would do all kinds of inspired writing on the plane but instead I listened to music and watched one of the in-flight movies, which was "Family Vacation." Vintage Chevy Chase never fails to crack me up. As silly as it is, the movie got me thinking about the way the best family vacations--or the most memorable ones, anyway--have elements of fun and adventure with a little bit of disaster (or narrowly escaped disaster) thrown in. I'm sure this trip will include all of the above.

The family trip:

bonding, bickering, rushing

to catch planes and trains.

Wonder! New sights, sounds and smells.


magic. Dehydration (and

sometimes diarrhea). But

mostly love...and the stories.