Traditionally, from a child’s point of view the end of school means VACATION: a summer playtime for kids filled with the suspense of “where is Daddy going to take us this year, and when?!” From children’s fantastic, imaginative, and wholly naive view of the real world, this tradition shall never change. And, for the children, God-willing, it shall so be! But for realistic parents, being able to take a vacation, doggone, is like winning the lottery.
It must be nice, for the rich, that is: to tell their children, “We’re going to Hawaii this year!”, and easily follow through as planned. For poor and middle-class families, of which my family is included, this is a luxury we can only dream of. Like children fantasize, our dreams are the rich’s reality.
Don’t get me wrong; I am by no means jealous of the rich. More power to them in maintaining their riches, and more power to us in our pursuit thereof. May it be, eventually, that we, too, can live in the fantasies of others. Until then, reality is a hard hitter, and we must meet it with adult-like measures.
Like many Americans hit by today’s economy, when I became unemployed in 2009, I took the opportunity to go back to college. Ending my third semester this year, my unemployment was cut off early when the Federal government cut taxes this year. So, as this school year ends, there is no chance of a vacation for my family; instead, I am desperately looking for other sources of income.
Luckily, the college has offered me an internship at a local computer company. If I am chosen out of the many applicants, it will last for only two months. When that ends, I will be looking for work and going back to school for my fourth semester. In addition to this, I write for extra income, so, if anyone knows of any writing spots, please let me know. I love writing on Yahoo, but, the more the merrier. Also, I am trying to start up some website-based businesses on the internet.
In addition to our world’s economic struggles, I have a four year old son, Christian, who is club-footed and begins school this year. Upon his first summer vacation next year, I would love to fulfill his fantasies, but like many parents all over the world, I share in this reality-based theory: needs before wants, necessity before desire.
For those of you who can give your family a much needed, family bonding break from the everyday routine of survival, I say to you, “Enjoy yourselves and count your blessings for the happiness you can give your children.” For those of you who share with me the sadness of having to disappoint your children this summer, remember this: our children’s fanciful imagination will give them a summer they will never forget merely with a family-oriented backyard camp-out, cook-out, picnic, swim in the creek, or hike in the woods. Until we can give our children what we want to, we must give them what we need to: a summer filled with joy of family bonding that will give our children a vacation they will never forget.