If you run in parenting circles, “Vacation or Trip? A Helpful Guide for Parents” pops up at least once per summer on Facebook.
So, you’re headed out on a family vacation this summer. Great news! But are you sure? Are you sure it’s a vacation? You might want to think about that for a minute. Because a vacation is best described as time away from a job and/or the monotony and frustrations of day-to-day life, with the goal of relaxing and having fun.
Not to be a super downer, but chances are, if you have kids (and they are coming with you), you aren’t going on a vacation at all. You’re going on what I like to call… a trip. You see, a trip is simply a journey to a place.
I typically cringe when I get even the slightest whiff of kid-blaming, but this piece… this piece is spot on.
It came to mind last week as I was holding Charlotte in the parking lot of a Chipotle in Fairfield, Conn. She was puking. We were about 60 miles into a nearly 5-hour car trip and she was puking next to our smelly rented Camry. Our journey to a place was underway!
During our trip to New Hampshire, I kept a log of some of the reminders that I wasn’t on vacation. With a nod to the comic stylings of Jeff Foxworthy, you might be on a trip if…