Parsingtime

More Annoyed than Amused

PSA: Family Trip

Posted by parsingtime on April 24, 2011

We are back from Jamaica where we celebrated my Dad’s 60th birthday in luxurious style.  We rented a 6 bedroom house with it’s own beach, pool and staff of 7.  We ate extremely well, kayaked, snorkeled, swam with dolphins, danced with a 3 piece reggae band and played a lot of poor tennis.  It was lovely.

I would like however to inform the childless out there that vacationing with your kids cannot be considered a “vacation” in the sense of the word.  You are not escaping your day to day life (especially if you are at home like me) and sitting on a beach sipping rum punches and doing nothing. No, in fact you have moved your child to a new location without the majority of their stuff and just expect them to love swimming and sand etc.

The  first two days were not so fun for me because I hadn’t realized that I was on a family trip and not on a vacation.  Once I got over that hump things were good.  Also, vacationing with capable grandparents who don’t mind taking your kiddo into their room and waking up with her at 6am is key.

Anyway, an excellent way to celebrate 60.

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