With gas prices climbing along with the cost of everything else, people are choosing this summer to go on a 'stay-cation'; staying close to home instead of traveling across this big 'ol country of ours. I remember this when I was a kid; it was called 'summer vacation'.
Growing up, my mom didn't have extra money for us to be jetting or driving around all over the place. I spent summers outside, playing on the front porch of either my grandmother or great grandmother's house. There were other kids all up and down the street doing the same thing, and our days consisted of hula-hoop contests, Barbie fashion shows and riding our bikes down to the far end of the street. I drove my mom nuts most weeknights, begging to stay up to watch the 'racy' episodes of Benny Hill on channel 41.
As a teenager, summer days seemed to both whiz and crawl by as I laid out in the back yard to work on my tan and talked endlessly on the phone with my best friend about whatever boy I was obsessed with that summer. The highlight of the summer was a trip to Worlds of Fun and riding every ride out there. Before she scored a car, one of my best friends and I would spend hours walking around the neighborhood, hoping to catch a glimpse of the objects of our affection. Once we had wheels, we were up at City Park every night we possibly could be, sneaking bottles of wine coolers in the car with us.
Writing all of this, I can't help but feel sentimental for those times,and I can't imagine my son or any kids I know for that matter, being content with a summer at home. Now more than ever, we've become a nation on the go, unable to slow the pace down. At almost 8 years old, my son is too 'sophisticated' to run around the backyard trying to catch lightning bugs in an old mayonaise jar. He practically scoffs at the idea of playing any game that isn't handheld, on the TV or on the computer. But I'll keep working on him!
Since we are for sure having a stay-cation this year, here are some of the activities I have in mind-
Cookouts, cookouts, cookouts
Going over to Pa-pa's to swim
Sitting on the back porch at night, listening to the sizzle of the bug zapper
Going to the library and to the dollar shows at the movies (although I think they're way more than a dollar now!)
Talking Tim into trips to Dairy Queen for dipped ice-cream cones or Dilly Bars
Let me know what your plans are for your summer staycation!