Since Alissa and her dad headed out to California for spring break, I decided it might be fun for my dad and me to take our own vacation.
My dad has been fighting a hard battle with bipolar, and the past few years have been particularly rough for both him and my mom. When I suggested that we take a trip together, he was eager, but couldn’t decide where we might go. Priceline.com helped us figure that out real quick when I saw tickets to Boston were a screaming deal.
My parents grew up in Boston, but after moving out west almost 40 years ago, they don’t get back to visit much. In fact, I’m sure they’ve only been back to visit three or four times, almost all of those being for a family funeral.
Even so, my dad gets homesick quite a bit, especially in the fall when the leaves begin to change. Knowing that, and the fact that I’ve always wanted to see where my parents grew up, it just made sense.
It is my hope that while we are on this trip, my dad and I can grow closer and I can learn more about our family and where we hail from. I am also hoping that being here will open him to to discussing some of the demons of his past that contribute to the negative aspects of his condition.
My dad had a hard life – from his mother, who had many of the same mental issues he suffers from, to a father who was barely scraping by to make ends meet and raise two kids, mostly on his own. That’s about all my dad has ever shared with us, but where he came from has a lot to do with who he is now – the hard working man who will do anything for his family.
I am looking forward to the next several days with my dad. It should be a lot of fun.