Vacation house too small to fit all
After saving up for decades, my husband and I were able to buy a small vacation house. The house can comfortably sleep six people, give or take some shared beds.
We have two young adult kids, and my husband has a daughter from a previous marriage. “Lily” is married and has three small children and is expecting a fourth. We have tried to do an all-family vacation, and it just didn’t work. Lily & co. crammed into one bedroom but were uncomfortable, so my daughter had to give up her bedroom and sleep on the couch. It made a potentially lovely vacation very uncomfortable.
We are trying to plan our summer vacation. I would like my kids to be able to come and stay in the home, but I don’t think it makes sense for Lily & co. to come. Nor do I want to have to forgo a fun vacation with my kids for fear of making Lily feel excluded — which is often a thing with her.
I need help with this. I want to enjoy the house without constant feelings of guilt. Any ideas?
I’m with you, a pox on Lily and her too-many children for making “my” child sleep on a couch!
You assigned five (of
“his”) people to one bedroom so one (of “yours”) could have a bedroom to herself, and now imply it’s Lily’s fault that didn’t work? This is the type of reasoning that enriches the emotional soil from which one eventually harvests “a thing.”
Lily “& co.” wouldn’t feel excluded, they would be excluded. And to feel excluded when excluded is not “a thing,” but instead a normal emotional response.
Guilt is also a normal emotional response, to doing something you know is self-interested and unkind.
Your Lily disdain is obvious. Rein it in.
Here’s the entirety of your problem: Your house is too small to fit everyone comfortably.
So, with inclusion in mind invite your whole family to weigh in on this common square-footage problem. “Hi everybody, looking forward to another allfamily vacation. Obviously we don’t fit in the house comfortably; any ideas for this year?”
Some families ultimately agree to pile in uncomfortably, deciding togetherness is worth it; some book another home or hotel rooms nearby for spillover guests; some stagger their stays; some pitch tents in the yard. You and your husband can even be the ones to sleep off-site. Creativity counts.
That’s because where you fit everyone is less important than your intention, eagerness, determination to welcome everyone who can come. Send that message; see what the universe says in response.