Sunday, June 29, 2014
Did you ever stop and look at yourself in the moment and think ... "I never thought I would be this cliche." ? Perhaps most of us like to think we are unique and a multi-prismed person of fascinating interests and activities. We are thus different from the masses. Yet, I must admit that I am not.
I am one side of a set of grandparents that own a time share that is movable. I am one of a set that vacations with grandchildren in all the traditional places such as beaches, cottages by lakes, amusement parks, major historical monuments. I am one of a set that loads a car to the brim and overflowing with bicycles, towels, coolers, snacks, games, drinks and DVDs. One of those people I used to observe never thinking I was anywhere like that. (Just look at that knobby-kneed grandma attempting to fit one more cooler into the back of that van! Look at that balding man trying to get his bike lock around both old bikes!)
I have a son-in-law and daughter who manage to program every single hour of every single day on a family vacation. We can go to a place that my husband and I went to years ago and see far more of it than I ever knew was there! Of course, much of it is geared for a younger audience and that is why we bypassed it.
Son-in-law is adamant that every single thrill ride MUST be experienced. He does push to include the kids, but since they are young he cannot get them on EVERY ride. He is into mathematical data and knows which one has the most turns or goes the highest or has the biggest drop and maintains a memory list of those he has experienced as closely as a birder keeps his life list. As he described a ride I would be terrified.
Of course time must be left to stand in lines (they were very short this year) for rides that barely move but make the small kids think they are running the show.
And grandparents forced time to be left for the animal shows, the stage shows and the diving shows. With the price of tickets we felt these shows were really high end and professional.
No, it isn't Broadway...it IS an amusement park.
Daughter wants to hit the TravelAdvisor's top rated restaurants and we include as many as we can within limited budgets and small children's tastes. Both parents set aside an evening to hit the outlets. Son-in-law got several free vouchers for the golf course so he worked that into the very end of the day and skipped a few dinners with us.
Hubby really wants to be anywhere on the water, but when he cannot do that he is happy with a history lesson or two or just spending 20 minutes talking to the stranger next in line. His neck surgery means he can no longer go on crazy rides, but his ego is small and he will ride the smallest of rides with grandson.
We did sleep in every morning until about 8:00 and then were out of the unit by 9:30 and not home again until after 7:00. I was amazed and glad that the little ones had no melt-downs and were able to keep up with their parents. It was a very telling time when the oldest boy, nine, did say on the last day he was looking forward to getting home as he was getting tired of going to "fun places." When I commented that they were so upper middle class, I did get a surprised look from Dad.
Never knew I would be one of those folks who go on master vacations. I used to be the weekend camper. Times change.