For many parents, the last bell rang in their children's school and that means the scary word . . . summer. I remember the days when my college-age girls were younger and they'd clamor for a vacation seemingly right after they stepped off of the school's curb. I hope parents of younger children find delight in all the craft projects, trips to the pool, and maybe a memorable family vacation or stay-cation. Parents of teens, my prayers are with you.
In cinematic terms, "May the force be with you."
Here are some of my vacation memories.
When I was a child several eons ago, my family and I would take short trips to the beach, living in Florida has many perks and the beautiful beaches are at the top. We'd take humble cans of Vienna Sausage, yellow packages of bologna and ham and other culinary delights as our buffet-on-the-go to the beach. My mom and dad would hunker under their blue rental cabana and parse out the occasional sand toy or food item to my sister and I. We'd ride the waves and crash onto the shell-strewn beach and bake our Casper the Friendly Ghost skin to a shade of evening sunset. We'd go out to eat and maybe play a round of putt-putt golf (if we begged them enough). Subsequent vacations were on cruise ships or to the beloved Smokey Mountains, but these stories I'll save for another time.
Fast-forward to married life, my husband loved to camp growing up and they'd pack picnic lunches for the car rides. Remember that I'm from a convenience-on-the-road-trip family. Imagine my surprise when we took some food for our honeymoon trip that didn't come from a package or a drive-thru. We've hiked in the Smokies and Rockies and paddled in kayaks and done white-water rafting in several states. So while we don't camp, our girls grew up loving the outdoors. We've taken many a trip in the beleaguered Tahoe. If you've read my blog post Road Warrior, you'll know what I'm referencing. We've had stay-cations where we've day-tripped around this big, bustling city of Dallas where there are so many fun things to do from a wonderful zoo to fun museums.
Wherever the summer takes you and your family. I hope you have a safe and wonderful one and don't forget to pack several good books for yourself (in case there's a little nap-time for the kiddos) but maybe not any Vienna Sausages.
I'd love to hear about your vacation experiences and what made them memorable.