ahhh summertime. most folk are on vacation and have checked out of life for awhile. i was having a conversation with my friend the other day about just that. it's interesting to me that so many folks feel that they have to travel- and sometimes far away- for a break. for me- my apartment is my haven. it has always been my comfort when i need to escape from the world. now, there's a school of thought that says- well, if you stay home then you'll just do household chores- and what fun is that? i guess i just figure that household tasks have to be done and that it won't take you all day if you plan- but that's not the point. i guess i wonder what it is about our large homes that are beautifully furnished that we are so anxious to get away from. i think about it from time to time because i get annoyed at not having more room but of course that leads me back to- you have too much stuff.
very circular. anyway, my rambling point is- i realize that in our culture that ramming around on vacation is the way to go. fly to the bahamas and beach yourself on the sand and all that. but why can't we change that? my inlaws flew here to see my husband and me. they used the vacation as an excuse. we took them to local attractions. now, depending on where you live- there are probably more or less things to do- but one thing that i have a feeling runs across the board-- locals don't use what they have. they go away. i lived in elmira most of my life and i never went to their museum or parks or whatnot. i moved here to binghamton and decided to change that. and so we have- slowly.
if you want to go to see the maya ruins, by all means go. but do you have to plan a huge trip every year? how about every other year? i wrote about my pangs of conscience at the sirens this week. it really bothers me that people go about their lifestyles without a thought- one thought- beyond throwing a can into a recycling bin. while recycling is important- we have to start substituting things into our lifestyles to replace our bad habits. i don't begrudge you your trip. i just know that when i was a kid i didn't know folks who took a vacation away every year. folks went camping or to visit relatives or stayed home and had bbqs and what not. maybe we should take advantage of our 1 week a year to reconnect with our families. instead of checking out of life for awhile, maybe we should reteach ourselves how to embrace it. just a thought.