So it’s true, money doesn’t grow on trees but it sure would be nice. 

People also tend to say that money can’t buy happiness but I somewhat disagree. 

If I had the funds to be able to do whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it, my level of happiness would certainly increase. But I get it, there is more to life than money. It’s just unfortunate that everything costs so much.

My husband has the opportunity to participate in a CPE (continuing professional education) seminar each December at Disney World. He gets an extraordinary room rate at one of the nicer hotels so my mouth starts to water at the thought of it. 

Leaving chilly New Hampshire and spending my afternoons pool side in sunny Orlando — what could be better? Oh yeah, Rice Krispie treats in the shape of Mickey Mouse too, hence the mouth watering.

This year we have more to think about. Our son is a senior at Pinkerton and of course next year he’ll go off to college. Deciding to take the trip is a double edged sword. 

One issue is the fact that we’ll have the added expense of college next year. Should we spend the money to go on a vacation when we should be saving every penny for tuition payments? 

The second issue is that this may be the last family vacation we get to take with him. Kids can’t take a week off from college. I know, I know — kids shouldn’t take a week off from any grade in school, but you know it happens. 

It’s different in college, especially if he chooses to go away to school. Even if he has time off, it might be impossible for him to get away with us. 

Vacations, if any, will certainly change in the future. So this might be our last family trip with all five of us. Of course, my oldest daughter has a “real job” now without vacation time during the school year, so that throws another wrench into my plans. 

Maybe I need to give up the idea that I’ll get another family vacation, since the kids are getting older.

When my daughter was in college, we took a couple of trips without her. We had fun, but it just wasn’t the same. It always felt like something (or someone) was missing. Of course, the guilt ridden phone calls from her didn’t help matters.

When you play a game online, sometimes you’ve given the chance to buy tokens of time. 

One more round, a few extra minutes, whatever it might be to extend your game play. It would be so nice to be able to buy some more time in real life. Of course we would fill it and want more time. 

It’s silly to even say out loud but it’s still fun to think about.

What would you do with an extra hour per day? What would you do with an extra free day each week? Funny thing is, we all have the same amount of time each day, each week and we all make choices on how to spend it. Whether frivolous or work related, we all make choices on how to spend our time. 

And since we can’t put a price tag on our time, we have to spend our time doing what we value. I value family time and it’s fewer and further between.

Kids are young for such a short time and money can’t buy time. 

Doing what I “should” do versus what I “want” to do is difficult to choose. Which is more important?

A quote from Mark Twain “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

It’s almost impossible to choose, but I think I just did.

Jennifer Lague writes from Derry.

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