Family Vacation Memories
Families love to spend time together, but these days it becomes harder and harder to balance careers and family life. As I begin to think about family vacation times for this year I am immediately transported back to my favorite childhood memories of spending time with my family at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Each summer my grandfather would rent a cottage on the lake and we would drive to New Hampshire from Franklin, Massachusetts. The week after school got out, mom would be busy washing all our clothes, grocery shopping, and organizing all the suitcases, and dad would go to work. The day would come and we all piled into grandpa’s Plymouth and away we went. Father would follow us on Friday, after he finished working. Pop was allowed a one week vacation each year, so he joined his family at the lake for a week and then every week-end throughout the summer.The ride to New Hampshire was part of the adventure. As I recall the trip, I remember the smell of peppermint, car windows open (no air conditioning in the old Buicks), leather seats, my sister sleeping, and old-time music on the radio. I don’t recall chaos, even with my two brothers in a confined space!Life at the lake was easy, relaxed, and happy. Each of us children learned to swim at this lake. My sister was the funniest and we have pictures of her attempting to find the courage to dive from the dock. She would run to the end, throw her arms over her head to join her hands in the ‘diving V’. She would bend her knees, lean forward to the water, tuck her head and then jump feet first! That was her dive! I laugh now as I think about this precious memory of my silly sister! At the end of the summer, she was out diving us all! We didn’t have any water toys, we didn’t need any to have fun swimming from the dock to a floating dock. Life was carefree and easy for us as kids.
This year, my son and daughter-in-law thought it would be fun to bring the grandchildren to Georgia for their summer vacation, instead of us going to their place. They will busily throw a load of wash into the washing machine as they run out the door to go to their jobs, picking up the boys from school on that last day of school, coming home putting the washed laundry into the dryer while cooking dinner, packing those clothes after putting the boys to bed. The next morning, they will pack up their SUV, packing up their water toys, drive to Georgia in air conditioning, there will be DVD’s playing to entertain the boys in the back seat, and CD’s to entertain the parents in the front.This is a very exciting opportunity to begin a new memory with my grandchildren. A cottage will be rented on Lake Allatoona, and although my grandsons know how to swim and dive, we will make our own summertime memories at the lake with kayaking, campfires, and playing table games every night.As the years go by, each generation celebrates its’ own special milestones, some of the scenes will be familiar, and progress will have advanced others, but the underlying factor is memories are built as good times are shared. Car’s may change, modern conveniences may make life easier, and careers require most of our times, shared times and slowing the pace will create lasting memories that will survive from generation to generation.SaveSave