Conversation with my wife, Tami –
Jason: “Can you give me a ride to the airport tomorrow? I leave for Nashville at 9 AM to attend my National Speakers Association conference. I’m really sad to not take the kids. I’m so grateful for all those years we drove the motorhome cross country to NSA events enjoying them together.”
Tami: “Are you saying you already have your flight booked, paid for the hotel and convention? And why aren’t you taking the 3 oldest children who have gone with you to this event every year since 2015?”
J: “Because it would be financially irresponsible right now, on the heels of the pandemic, and before this looming recession, to spend any more money while things have been coming back with my bookings. We need to be frugal and careful, as I am getting booked more and more, it’s great but we are still needing to be smart with our money.”
T: “I agree, however, this may be the last summer they’ll ever want to go on the NSA conference trip, even if they just hang out in the hotel and don’t attend the events, possibly see their friends in the hallway and pool, just to be there with you & together having a memorable family moment. Is there any way you can use your SkyMiles or other points to get them flights?”
J: “Flights are like $800 per person right now. I leave tomorrow! The hotel can only get me a room with one bed. Do you think they’re willing to sleep on the floor on air pads from our camping gear?”
T: “Honey, we have 2 summers left with Ella before she’s 18. Redford has 3. Romney has 4. I feel we should do anything we can to have them go with you. I say we book it now.”
2 hours later ~
Jason: “I just got off the phone with Delta.I was able to find unused companion certificates, old cancelled flights still honored, and they changed my flight to a redeye to get us all on the same plane together. It hardly cost anything more. We land in Nashville at 1:30 AM. Thank you for forcing the issue. I’m grateful we get to go do this together.”
Tami: “I’m thrilled you’re going together! They will never forget this, and neither will you! Nashville is their favorite place. Let’s go tell them and pack some survival snacks.”
The Promise to be frugal in times of uncertainty can lead to creativity of resources to still honor family traditions and make new memories. I am thankful for a wife who sees what I don’t, who pushes me to book it now even when I’m timid or afraid of the present while she looks to the future while remembering the promises of our past.
It is mid-summer.
The world continues to go through some really challenging times.
Maybe you’ve lost sight of The Promise you made to Family, or even to yourself, and hopefully there’s still some time left to spend time together before summer is over.
Who can you count on to help you see the big vision through the thick of it while you’re caught in the weeds?
Thank you, Tami.
See you in Nashville, my friends.
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
- Speaker Hall of Fame * Award-Winning Entertainer * Promise Legacy Project Coach
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