Well, kids, I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation.
Two days. One sunburn. A lazy river. Endless bickering. And one mom migraine. I think that adds up to a vacation, even if we never left town.
I took Tuesday and Wednesday off. Big sisters and I ditched the youngest at daycare Tuesday and went to a swimming complex. Then Wednesday, we all went to the zoo. And, like most expensive vacations, I suspect, we were visited by a stomach bug overnight.
My mom's a teacher. Whenever I talk to her, she's counting down to some vacation. Only 18 days 'till spring break! Three more weeks 'till summer vacation! Woot, woot! I usually respond flatly, Cool, and try not to complain aloud that MOST OF US WORK YEAR-ROUND, YA KNOW?!
I'm in the bitter camp of people who don't get three months off every summer, don't take an annual family vacation, and don't even do the occasional three-day getaway weekend. Don't get me wrong, I made my bed. And I'm fortunate - there are many moms who lack the luxury to take two days off in the middle of the week.
Still, I envy you vacationers. I'm not capable of saving money, saving leave, planning ahead, making reservations, or really even having a full tank of gas.
Maybe someday, kids, we'll see the ocean. Maybe someday. But until then, we'll enjoy the artificial current of the lazy river and puke from the comfort of our own home, where latex gloves and Lysol, abound!
Just remember - even though I can't take you to Disney World, it doesn't mean I love you any less.