Hotel living turns me into a fly

James Phillips
Posted 5/22/16

Since moving back to Jasper a few weeks ago, our family has lived in an area hotel as we awaited a closing date on our new home.

This is not our first rodeo as a family actually living in a hotel. When we moved to Mississippi several years ago, …

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Hotel living turns me into a fly

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Since moving back to Jasper a few weeks ago, our family has lived in an area hotel as we awaited a closing date on our new home.

This is not our first rodeo as a family actually living in a hotel. When we moved to Mississippi several years ago, we also spent about a month in a hotel, so we kind of knew what we were getting into.

With only a couple more days of hotel living remaining, I have been thinking on the pros and cons of life in a hotel room with four children.

Early in our stay, it was almost like a vacation. For three or four days, we all enjoyed being in a hotel room, and we were not too concerned about our close living quarters. We received a warm breakfast every morning and my wife did not have to be concerned with a tremendous amount of cleaning because housekeeping usually comes knocking by mid-morning.

After a little more than a week, the realization that you are not on vacation starts to kick in. While the breakfast is still great and the hotel staff continues to be extremely helpful and courteous, the walls start to seem a little closer each day.

And while we like to limit the time our children spend in their room by themselves when we are at home, that time is sorely missed during hotel living. As a parent, the phrase “go to your room” can be used quite a bit, but that is not the case when living in a hotel. “Go out into the hall” or “go down to the lobby” seems a little dangerous for kids 13 and under, so I think the best I have been able to come up with is, “go over to your bed,” which, of course, is only about two feet from anywhere I would be located, so it just doesn’t have the same effect.

While I have loved getting to experience most of the restaurants in Jasper during the last few weeks, I am also craving a good, home-cooked meal. Andrea is a great cook, and I cannot wait to dig into some of her delicious food. She has even mentioned that she is ready to start cooking her own meals, something that is hard to do with only a microwave at your disposal.

Entertainment has been interesting during our time in a hotel room. With the move back to Walker County, we have had no shortages of community or family events to attend over the last few weeks. The pool was not open until the last week or so, which has led us to watch a good amount of television together late nights. Without a DVR, we cannot really watch the programs that we are accustomed to watching, so we basically just flip through the guide to find a show we can all agree to watch. Many times during our stay, that show has been Family Feud.

The classic game show that is now hosted by Steve Harvey is definitely fun to watch as a group, because it is interesting to hear the differences in answers given from kids ages 4, 8, 11 and 13 compared to the answers on the show. Sometimes they are similar and sometimes they are way off base.

One of the funniest questions that we have head in the last couple of weeks was “if your husband was a bug, what bug would he be?”

From the 100 married women surveyed, the six top answers were on the board. Without hesitation, my wife said, “a fly.”

I thought that was an odd answer.

When I asked her about it, she said, “you are definitely a fly, because you’re just flying all over me right now.”

The close quarters of hotel living had turned me into a fly. I could not argue with her logic. While I might be acting like an aggravating fly, that wasn’t near as bad as some of the answers the women on the show gave. They compared their husbands to cockroaches, dung beetles and stink bugs.

While our family is happy to be moving into our new home in Jasper, I am sure as the weeks go by that we will think back fondly to our few weeks in an area hotel. I am thankful for staff at the Hampton Inn. If any of our readers ever need a hotel in Jasper, I would certainly recommend it. They have done a great job and have been incredibly friendly throughout our stay. We will certainly be missing the daily breakfast and the smiling faces we see each day throughout the hotel. The evening cookies will also be missed.

James Phillips is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.