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Kids grow up too quickly, so enjoy them while you can

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Greg Peck
May 20, 2014

I admit, I was apprehensive about taking our 5-year-old grandson, Remy, to Disney World last week. But Cheryl and I had taken his sister, Lexi, when she was 5, so now it was Remy's turn. He can best be described as a bright kid and a whirlwind of activity, a boy of boundless energy. He hasn't learned what bedtime is.

Cheryl feared we'd lose him in the sea of humanity at Disney. I was more concerned about him keeping us awake all night and wearing us out. As it turns out, we didn't really have to worry in either case.

We did get tired, of course, but we also wore out Remy. Bedtime was not a problem. Most nights, he fell asleep while I read a few pages of a novel before nodding off. Having Remy all to ourselves helped Cheryl and me get to know him better and bond with him.

I realize that even a few days at Disney might be too expensive for many parents or grandparents. Plenty of cheaper vacation options exist, however. You could even try low-cost camping. The thing is, I'd suggest you do not wait. I remember fondly when Lexi was a toddler and she fell asleep on my shoulder at church. It seems like only yesterday that we took her to Florida. Now, she's a 12-year-old adolescent. She'll be an adult before we know it.

Lexi has enjoyed fishing with me, and later this summer, we've planned a week's trip to a cabin in Mercer in far northern Wisconsin. Lexi and Remy and their parents will join Cheryl and me. Maybe a week in close quarters will be far too much. Maybe if the fish don't bite consistently, the kids will express boredom too quickly and I'll regret the whole idea—mine from the beginning. I'm hoping, however, that we can find enough alternative activities to keep the kids' interest and that this first-time outing might become an annual event before the kids are grown and gone.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.



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