Let's Go on Vacation!
Okay, so it is a little late to be talking about summer vacation, and it is still a bit early to talk about holiday breaks, but my family has been skipping town on a regular basis during the last month and a half. Yes, that time is typically spent with nose to the grindstone, "back to school" mentality, but we've enjoyed some break in the midst of our stress and schoolwork, too.
On the first day of school, we all spoke about what we had done over the summer break. "We traveled a lot," I remarked to one parent, but then quickly backtracked when I heard what it sounded like coming out of my mouth. "I mean, we spent time in a bunch of local places - like the mountains and Santa Cruz," I explained.
"Travel is travel," she said, smiling. And indeed, even though we did more of a "staycation" than those who jetted off to Europe or remote islands (yes, you, my lucky cousins) we still got several overnight breaks. And because our destinations were so close by, we've had the itch to visit them even during that invisible barrier between the start of school and Thanksgiving break.
Our favorite quick destination is Santa Cruz. Although we've done several day-trips, the boys like it when we get a hotel room. As it turned out, the indoor hotel swimming pool ended up playing an enormous role in my older son's willingness to take swim lessons.
I signed him and his younger brother up for lessons at the start of the summer, but my eldest was dreading it. "Do I have to?" he kept asking. Indeed, he has an interesting history regarding swimming:
In 2004, he was so bold that he jumped into the deep end of my cousins' pool. Nobody saw him floundering but me. Nobody could hear my yelling above the gleeful shrieks of the kids playing in the water and the chatter of the adult conversation. I had to waddle my 8-months-pregnant self over to that end to jump in to retrieve my son.Continued on the next page