Summer Vacation

Having returned from a quick trip—HA! 17 hour drive, one way!—to the state that took me forty years to escape, my monkeys are back home (insert happy dance here). I missed them. A lot. It’s been an agonizingly long but blurringly brief, weird but nice, perfect but flawed, summer. We’ve had two weeks of fun and acclimating and unfortunately melting, as they’re not used to summer actually being warm. We’ve played in the pool and gone treasure hunting. We’ve alternately lounged like lazy bums and run around like chickens with our heads cut off. We’ve school shopped and explored neighborhoods. They’ve made friends and played with new roommates. And they have officially sucked every last drop out of summer vacation—with a noise level that only children can maintain. Do you have any idea what that is when you’ve got four kids in the house that range from 6 to 16? It’s quite impressive!

But it’s quiet now. They’re acclimating to something else today, a new school. And the first thing the teachers are going to ask is “What did you do for your Summer Vacation?”

So—oh, you didn’t see this coming?!–let’s hit coffee talk! What did you do this summer? Same old, same old? Visit somewhere new? Escape the humdrum? Make a new friend? Find love? Lose hope? Color your hair, break a bone, or sell your car? I’m betting most of you are adults and haven’t had to do this essay for quite a few years… so let’s revisit the dreaded 500-words-or-less school year warm-up: What did you do for summer vacation?

It’s early. It’s coffee time. This is going to be more of a broken thought list than an essay, but it’s an answer… I moved from the mid-west to the east coast. I found a job and promptly lost it. A hundred plus applications later, I found a better job. I hit Necon with the Breakfast Club and colored all over my best friend. I wrote three requested shorts [with 2 week deadlines each] and several other things. I explored new avenues and strengthened friendships. There was strawberries and shrimp, late night kiddie pools, and pitchers of margaritas with friends. I shared family recipes and finally got to go to a signing [though the evil that is the magical talking adventure box failed miserably and I barely got there before it was over]. I met new friends and learned the value of air conditioning. I found old friends and forgotten phrases. I was forty, and occasionally twelve. I cried and laughed and got kissed in the rain. It was a good summer…

0 Responses to Summer Vacation

  • Skip "Wolfonoma" Novak says:

    What I did this summer in two words or less;

    I worked.


    I enjoy your blogs.

  • The Dickie says:

    I got to visit with some very good friends of mine not once but TWICE this summer. It was awesome and I miss them all terribly.

  • phyllis says:

    Same ol same ol here… We went to Emerald Isle, NC and stayed a week with the in laws at their beach house. I got sun poisoning and only visited the beach once because of that, which totally bummed me out. The kids had a good time. All cub scout and Masonic activity went “black” for the summer – thank god!

    School started last week. The kids are happy to be back and I am too. 4 kids ranging from 2 – 16 (yes, I think I win on that front!) was just way tooo much for me to handle alllllll day due to fighting and making cyclones through the house. I’m glad school has started and now I am anxiously awaiting fall!

  • Monrozombi says:

    i finally got to the beach this year after 6 years of not going and got to watch my son see the ocean for the first time and promptly fell in love with it. Discovered a lot about myself and the person i am, and discovered how people see me and what people expect of me. It was 10 years ago that I graduated high school, ventured out on my own and started college and alas 10 years later i’m graduating to another part and chapter of my life and it scares the living shit out of me.

  • Joseph Mulak says:

    This summer I moved halfway across the country, I had my kids for the whole month of August (you talk about 4 kids ranging from 6-16, try 4 kids ranging from 4-8), and I got married last weekend. It’s been a crazy summer, but all-in-all, a good one.

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