Today, my Son and I are taking a nearly four-hour bus ride, from Providence, RI, back to New York City. In this case, I thank goodness for Nintendo, and its all-powerful DS, which will entertain my son for most of the time we are on the bus. What did mothers do in past years without electronics?!? Besides curse their childrens’ names, of course.
We’ve spent this week at my father’s house on Cape Cod, MA. Dad lives a very Regency gentleman kind of life: He gets up, has his hot beverage, potters about in his yard, reads (a lot!), visits the local gossip spot (in his case, the Swap Shop, where he volunteers his time), sends and receives mail, and opines on the news of the day.
I’ve been able to write in the evenings, because both the Son and the Father go to bed around nine o’clock. It’s so still and peaceful here, and you can actually see the stars, a non-occurence in Brooklyn, where I live.
Vacation means many different things to many people; for me, although I don’t have a full-time job, it is a rare opportunity to relax. My favorite vacation is one where I actually forget what time it is, and almost feel as if I’ve gotten enough sleep (and mid-afternoon naps are the norm, not an anomaly).
It’s getting to be that time for a lot of us; what is your ideal vacation? Where are you going this year? And most importantly, what books are you bringing?
PS: No pix, ’cause I’m on dial-up. Perhaps later, when I am back in the land of the internet cable.
My kids had their Walkman’s and my daughter at least read books on long trips. My son didn’t, but I remember one memorable road trip when he was about four and he pointed out every garbage truck he saw between Washington DC and Myrtle Beach SC, complete with detailed commentary. Drove my daughter crazy.
I wonder. Do today’s children fantasize as much as I did as a child?
My mom used to make up stories to tell me in the car (lookng back, I think that was why I decided she ought to write a book and we ended up collaborating). I was always making up stories in the car to tell myself too. I think kids do fantasize today–I often get together with two friends and their daughters (now 11, 9, and 6) and they’ll ignore the tv and dvd player in favor of making up elaborate plays (with any interesting objects they find in my house as props).
As to vacation, I’m off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in August. It’s a beauitful town with great restaurants and amazing theater. I probably won’t pack books because I go with a writer friend. We see two shows a day and spend the time we aren’t at the theater, eating, visiting with friends in Ashland, and (I confess) shopping. But we do do a bunch of book brainstorming in between talking about the plays (so I always bring a notebook). My favorite trips invovle lots of theater, so my favorite destinations are Ashland, New York, and London :-).
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As to vacation, I’m off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in August.
Ooh, that sounds pretty ideal to me!
Or Venice, if one had a whole lot of money.
And England always works for me.
Or anywhere with lots of friends. 🙂
Naps are an important part of a great vacation. Preferably in a hammock somewhere on the beach. 🙂 And lots of time to read! And shop.
As for vacation–I’m going to visit Diane in August, and take in Williamsburg and Jamestown!
My ideal vacations involve stately homes, museums, etc. In other words: Research. LOL!
I’m off to New Zealand in a couple of days, and then I got to Burning Man 48 hours after getting back to the States. Yea, a month off the day job!!!
I read on trips when I was a kid. I have no issues with car sickness and reading.
My son Jesse’s always been a big reader, which made family travel a lot easier. I remember once, in a cute but kinda crappy hotel in Merida, Mexico, coming back to our room after my husband and I had gone to buy bus tickets to the Mayan ruins at Palenque and finding Jesse dissolved in tears. I was momentarily terrified — what had happened to him while we were gone? — but it was only that the little girl in Bridge to Terabithia had died. At Palenque, we all ran out of books and started swapping; I remember that I read Bridge to Teribithia and Jesse read Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman. Great trip (and the ruins and the beaches and the markets were great too).
My friend’s 7 year-old daughter was furious when the girl died in Bridge to Terabithia (she’s already noticing that girls don’t often triumph in fiction). She went on a rant about how it was even worse that they boy’s imagination was so bad that he couldn’t even see her in their magical world when he went back to look for her. LOL!
That kid’s going to be trouble when she’s old enough to date . . .
Hawaii for me, any day, any time. The ocean, the sun, the beach, the colorful flowers, the fragrances…
Amanda, may I just say that I really envy you your vacation??? 🙂
Pam, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman is one of my favorite reads.
Kalen wrote, “That kid’s going to be trouble when she’s old enough to date…”
I would have to say that she’ll probably stay out of trouble and save herself a lot of angst because she’s already figuring how the real world works as opposed to the ideal “shoulds.”
Megan, your holiday sounds lovely!
I don’t know that I have a single ideal vacation. I can really enjoy visiting a new place and seeing all the sights there are to see, but too much of it can be a bit draining and stressful. I can also enjoy a more relaxed kind of vacation, where one sees some sights, but there is a lot of just hanging out and taking in the atmosphere. (Hawaii is good for that. 🙂 But I rarely have the time for that…
Among my favorite holidays as a child were going with family and renting a house by the beach, or by a lake–a lot of hanging out, a lot of reading, some playing of games and doing of jigsaw puzzles, some walking along the sand (or shore) and swimming. Talking. Reading plays or stories out loud.
Unfortunately, I don’t get too many of those vacations nowadays. I now often consider it a treat just to stay home and take care of a few of the odd jobs that have been hanging around for weeks (or months) and try not to think too much about work.
We must be Luddites because we don’t have any electronics in the car besides the CD player. We sing along to Tom Chapin CDs and we also play word games and guess-the-character. The kids also love to read; the older one will read the earlier Harry Potters to the younger.
As for favorite vacation, probably the best is (no surprise here) a trip to England, London, some rambles and/or rides through the countryside, a stately home or two. But I like all sorts of other vacations.
The thing we have been doing the last few years is renting a cottage with my brother, sister-in-law and their child. My kids love playing with their little cousin which makes it easy for the adults to relax, too. It’s embarrassing, though, when youngest tells people “We take care of Ani so the adults can drink beer.” 🙂