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Friday, November 11, 2011

Writer's Post: Vacation

This week's Writer's Post topic is Vacation; however, don't you have to take one to write about it? Thanks to our wonderful Veteran's, I'm home today, but it's not a vacation. I'm on staycation. That means I spend my day off blogging.

Bermuda Honeymoon - 1986
Way back before sending kids to college or soccer tournaments, we used to take great vacations. Mitchell and I honeymooned in Bermuda. Nothing like riding a motor bike among the flowers.

After Bermuda, our vacations took a different feel when we added kids to the trip. The favorite game was "Let's Make Dad Mad." You pack the car and kids for a long drive, then listen to squabbling from the back seat until Dad stops the car–before we get off the driveway! We'd sit outside the house with my husband muttering, "We're not going. We're not going." Eventually the tears flooded the backseat and off we went.

We had some notable vacations, such as the time two kids threw up on the baby in the backseat of the van. At least kids can take baths and the car was a rental. Or the one where the daughter got lost in the museum and sent us into panic mode.

It could always be worse. Knock on wood, we never came home with broken bones like my first family did after French Lick, Indiana. I was soooo mad at my brother and sister for cutting our vacation short because they rode a bicycle built for two on the horse trail!


So sad!
Now our vacations come down to visiting the kids, which is awful since they chose boring places to live in. Our poor son lives in a city with nothing to do and horrible weather. He had to buy a boat to sail in the Charleston Harbor. Poor kid! Why would anyone want to live in a place with beautiful people, weather, and those awful palmetto trees all over the place?

At least she gets to play in snow.
Then there's our middle daughter who lives outside a culturally backwards small town. What's she supposed to do on the week-ends? Take a smelly subway to DC and visit museums? Such a boring place for a history major. (In case you didn't know, DC's subways are spotless)

Erica meets interesting people.
I feel sorriest for my baby who chose to go to school in Orlando. Poor kid is forced to ride those scary roller coasters at Universal Studios because the beach is too far of a drive. And the weather, yuck! She never gets to wear a coat or play in the snow.

How can we take vacations when our kids are living them?




Here's a clip from the best vacation ever!


15 comments:

Jo said...

I am relating to this one! Days gone by were filled with great vacations. Now we go to Nashville, TN. *ugh* I know, nothing much to do there, either. They get like 10 flakes of snow PREDICTED and call off school. No one drives because with all those hills and curves and narrow roads, one snowflake can cause a 50 car pileup!Why our daughter chose this place is beyond our comprehension.

Adelia Soulje said...

You should come to Chattanooga! You never get bored here :)

Joyce Lansky said...

@Jo We live a few hours from Nashville; but as a teacher, I LOVE the unexpected day off due to a snowflake. I was railroaded into this place. My husband asked me to marry him and live in Memphis. If that ain't love, nothing is!

@Adelia Chattanooga would be fun. My son played a soccer tournament there years ago. My husband works so much, it's hard to get him to go anywhere.

Kathy said...

I loved hearing about your vacations! Geesh! Your kids have it rough. I feel really sorry for them. LOLOLOLOL Great take on vacations!

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

Joyce Lansky said...

@ Kathy. Thanks. It must be tough for my kids to leave such a great place like Memphis to go live in Charleston, College Park, and Orlando. Maybe one day they'll give up their rotten cities and move back home.

Nicole said...

I'm usually down for a nice vacation. Now, if I could just take a really long one for like 2 weeks or so one of these days, that would be grand, lol. Love those photos of yours, especially the Bermuda one and the one on the boat. Looks like you're living the good life! :)

Earlier this year, I wanted to go to Florida, when that Harry Potter attraction opened up but I never put aside the time nor the cash to do so. Now, that's something else I have to put on my list of things to do before I die.

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robert said...

mine moved to Australia..and seems to be ignoring my queries about a the Grandpa apartment that obviously is available in the big house they bought.... :)

Thinking said...

hmmm...though I don't have children...but I always enjoy the trip with my nephews and nieces...

I think tour with children is fun in itself...

ice to read about your trips...

silverthoughts2 said...

It's great when friends and relatives live near cool places! Instant excuse for a vacation!

sunny said...

beautiful post,like it

Jenn said...

I think I want to be one of your kids--after all--I love boring places like *ahem* Orlando and Charleston oh and right outside DC. Geesh--anything to get me out of the excitement of 'Cowtown' Ohio!! LOLOLOL!! Great post Joyce :)

stevebethere said...

Nice post and read, I haven't been on holiday for years due to ill health but used to go to Spain most years (as us Brits do) LOL I do miss it though.

Have a good weekend :-)

Rhonda said...

At least you do get interesting places to visit the kids. Just a few more years and you two will be off on fun vacations again. I heard New Zealand is nice :)

Word Nerd said...

Ha! Yep, your poor, poor kiddos. And to think, we all want better for our kids. :O)

Susan said...

We don't have children so we just go on vacation wherever we want. I am always pining to go somewhere...I miss the East Coast and would love to travel back there someday. I have many fond memories of Orlando, etc.