LISA VOYLES: It’s all relative

DIIA__MUG_Lisa_Voyles_newEveryone travels during the summer, some more and further than others.

And we’ve all had travelers on our prayer lists for youth trips and missions and things such as that.
I was taking things pretty well in stride until it hit too close to home.
My nephew, Charlie Hopson, joined three other youth and three adults headed to Costa Rica for a “rice and beans” mission last Saturday. They drove to Atlanta and flew to Costa Rica where they will spend the week going door-to-door, handing out bags of rice and beans and spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
It’s over 1,600 miles from Atlanta to San Jose, as the crow flies. That’s a long way from home.
Sunday, I put Cody on a church bus in Starkville heading to Betchel Summit, West Virginia, for Boy Scout National Jamboree. That’s about a 700-mile drive. A little too far for the mama to jump in the car in case something happens.
Now, I feel sure they will both be fine. They’re with responsible adults in safe quarters and God is in control. But still, a mama – and aunt – worries when the chicks are too far from the nest.
And, just for fun, my mother is leaving next Monday to spend a week in Atlanta. Thank goodness Charlie will be back by then. My mind can only worry in so many directions before it overloads.
Everyone keeps asking what I’m going to do with all my free time.
I didn’t know I would have any.
With Cody gone, yard duty falls to me. And then there’s that massive search and destroy mission I have planned for his room. That’s the space he occupies that I chose not to enter often. I’m going in armed with big, black, plastic trash bags and possibly matches and lighter fluid.
As soon as Charlie and the others return, we’re chock full of church activities already planned.
And while mama is gone, guess who will be on pet patrol?
Seriously, I know I will have some down time and I do plan to relax and do some back-porch sitting, just me and the dogs and the trees overhanging the patio.
I know Charlie and his group will have a great time and make a difference in other people’s lives. I am positive Cody will have a blast on his trip. On the trip up to Betchel they ate out twice and slept in a hotel. He could have come home right then and had a successful vacation as far as he’s concerned. And the jamboree is chock full of activities every day so he’ll bring home lots of new experiences when he returns.
And mama, well she just has fun wherever she is.
It sure will be a lot quieter with everyone out of pocket.
But I’ll sure be happier when they all come back home to roost.

Lisa Voyles is Managing Editor/Sports for the Chickasaw Journal. She can be reached at 456-3771 or via email to


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