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Letter: The perfect half day

Home cooking in our wood-paneled temporary home was oh so nice. A comfortable sleep enhanced by the sounds of loons. Again, waking up with the smell of bacon and eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast.

My daughter then went off to continue her road trip to surprise her wonderful boyfriend, who is working in Maine.

Wolfeboro, the Lakes Region – and really New Hampshire – has it all. So much can be packed into a half day. Living in a place where people vacation is a year-round benefit.

I am from a family of five kids within five years of age, including my twin brother. We were always doing things in bulk. It wasn’t until my father went to have elective open heart surgery, when I was well into my 30s, that I spent three full days alone with my mother. Boy, did that change everything.

And when it seemed my father was dying, I spent an amazing 10 solid days with him. I will never forget that time. I saw a transition of his state of mind. Maybe my visit added a couple of years.

I encourage you to take the time to be with each of your kids individually so they can have their own personal memory with you that will last forever.

I’m now more than 20,152 days old. Experiencing a lifelong memory generated by a half-day impromptu vacation with my daughter was simply priceless.

MICHAEL TRAVIS

Wolfeboro

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