During our summers spent with our Nana in Walla Walla, Nana used to make us send weekly postcards to our mom. We hated doing this. We were on vacation! We didn't want to write letters or think about home. We were at Nana's to get away from home. Once weekly, Nana would sit us down and hand us each a pre-paid postcard and a pen, a plate of her homemade cookies, and she'd sit there with us and tell us to write. The great thing about Nana, of course, was that she was sitting there with us making us laugh and shoving cookies at us. When we'd return home at the end of summer, I'd pick up the postcards mom never read and put them in a box I had hidden in my room. Forget the postcards, one year mom didn't even bother to pick us up at the airport, but I will save that story for another time. The postcard writing made Nana very happy and we never told her mom didn't read them.
I found the box of cards recently. This one (in part,click to read it larger) from when I was 12 years-old cracks me up. I was so me even back then, totally worried about the mail and watering my plants. Who would do those things while I was gone?! My brother, Tod, and I both had African Violets we were obsessed with.
This summer vacation, I am not going to worry about who will get the mail or water my plants. There are reliable people to do all the little things for me. And even if there were not, there are just some things not worth worrying about when you are on vacation. What is the point of going on vacation if you are worried about work all the time? I'm also not going to be doing one of those trips where I spend the entire time (and all my luggage space) searching for gifts for people. That's not a vacation. I'm not even taking my laptop! I have filled my Nook with books to read (Columbine, The Help, Silver Sparrow, as well as travel books), put music on my iPod, and have a giant notebook for notes for our next book. I've got memory cards for a million photos and comfy shoes for lots of waking. We won't be blogging, but will be tweeting/ facebooking and posting photos on flickr when we have WiFi. I am going to send a few postcards, though. It's totally different when you don't have to.
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