Editorial: Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Well it's that time of year again--long days, warm nights and of course, vacations!
Summer vacation historically originated at a time when most of the USA's population lived in rural areas, and children were required to labor on the farms during the summer months.
Fortunately, life for children is no longer that way. Summers are now time to sleep in, play all day in the summer sun, have pillow fights, roast marshmallows, laze around in the grass, and spend the evenings catching fireflies.
The first days of summer vacation are usually the hardest as many try to squeeze everything in while trying to adapt to the freedom of summer vacation. Freed from the constraints of a calendar, our days are a flurry of activity, whether we're out and about all over town or the country, or lazing around in our backyards and neighborhoods--summer vacation is for BBQs, family, relaxing, and making memories.
As adults, most stories, to our children or grandchildren, revolve around our summer vacations as a child--places we went, things we did, and the people we spent time with.
Vacations give parents and children memories that will last a lifetime. For many, our children will not remember the ordinary events of day to day life--they will remember the exceptional occasions.
Fun family vacations are events that are supposed to be remembered.
A vacation gives everyone in the family a chance to share the same experiences, to laugh together, play together, and just be together. A vacation is not the same thing as a trip to a certain place--it is more of an attitude than distance. Not all vacations require travel, two weeks, and big bucks. Staying at home can be a vacation with imagination and forethought.
Vacation is an adventure. And they don't always work the way we want them to, so remember that being together is the most important part of this shared time.
Find the "child" in yourself and share the adventure with their kids. Ten years from now, remembering the things that went wrong will be your best laughs.
Yours in Ink,
Jennifer Leese, Managing Editor