It’s that time of year again. We’re all planning trips and summer activities with the family. You’ve probably got fond memories of weekend trips or long vacations from your childhood summers. I’m sure you remember how carefree and fun vacations were. The perfect combination for relaxation and excitement.
You probably don’t remember, though, that it was a million effing degrees, that you incessantly bickered with your siblings for no good reason, and that mom and dad were on the verge of throat punching each other. Oh yes, children and parents see vacations through very different eyes!
You might remember making a neat stop on a road trip to check out the World’s Largest Q-Tip. While you were marveling at a 20 foot cotton swab, mom and dad were probably squabbling about the wrong turn that landed you in front of the ridiculous eye-sore in the first place.
You probably remember spending all day at the pool, having an amazing time and making friends that you may eventually write letters to. But all mom wanted to do was take you through the museum tour that was already bought and paid for. You explain to your new friends that your mom is a total drag and never wants you to have any fun.
You went to really neat restaurants, and you loved to explore and check everything out. Dad chased you through the restaurant with empty threats about leaving if you didn’t sit down, while mom apologized and picked up food that the baby had thrown everywhere.
You could not for the life of you understand why Dad was so pissed that you opened the bottle of water that was in the hotel room. You only took one little swig!
Somehow, when you become a parent, you morph into a fun-sucking vacation villain. Whatever. Let’s just go home.