My mom is on vacation right now. It is the first real vacation that she has taken in a long time. When she made the plans to take this vacation she had asked me to join her. Unfortunately, my school schedule was not compatible with her travel schedule. So, she is traveling with my two teenage nieces, rather than her daughter. We have been in contact via phone from the get go and I am enjoying every minute of communicating with them. In some ways it feels as though I am still on the vacation with them even though I am not. I am enjoying supporting my mom via phone and keeping in touch with the girls. It is definitely a vacation from a different angle.