“Are We There Yet?”
Yep. You guessed it. it’s that time of year again and I’m taking the kids on summer vacation, this one sans husband. We have another planned with him. Look out Florida Keys, here we come!
But that’s later. This week the kids and I head to my girlfriend’s cabin in the mountains, good ole Tennessee. We’ll stop at Stone Mountain along the way to break up the trip, listening to Gone with the Wind on audio. Woohoo — can’t wait! Gorgeous mountain woods, babbling brooks, quiet wooded paths…
I look forward to the R & R. The kids? Not so much.
No problem. My friend has horses. Kids love horses, right? Well if you call running into tree branches a good time, then sure–this one’s for you. But not us. Last summer, my daughter (the older child, mind you) refused to ride alone on a horse so being the agreeable mother that I am, I allowed her to ride in front of me on my horse. Easy does it, big fella. We’re all friends here.
All was well until we came upon a large tree branch hanging in our path. No problem, right? My son ducked. We’ll duck.
Wrong. My daughter acted like she never saw a tree branch in her life and froze. Panicked–screamed as she grabbed hold of said branch and whisked herself right off the horse. In an attempt to ease her to the ground–as opposed to dump–I too grabbed hold of the branch currently in my way but with the horse still in motion, the dang thing took half the skin off my forearm! Grrrr…
Needless to say, this year we’ll be saying hello to the horses, but we won’t be mounting them. Maybe the river is a better idea. Wading through shallow water, floating around in tubes… Yes, I can feel it now–ahhhhhhh.
“This water is too cold!”
“I lost my tube!”
How about a nice hike? We can trek up to the falls and back. The adventurous type myself, I like to jump from a high, down into the pool of crystal cool mountain water. Makes me feel young again. The kids? You guessed it. Not so much.
Hmph. Maybe this vacationing with the kids stuff isn’t such a great idea. Perhaps that’s why they invented summer camp?
Just a thought! How about you? Care to share any family vacation stories? I could use the “pep talk: right about now! Knowing I’m not the only one should help. 🙂