Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vacation Days (TBT)

I know, I know. ThrowBack Thursday is such a lazy way of filling a blog post that all the cool kids have stopped doing it. But hey, because I am lazy and un-cool, here we are again.

I love this picture, which was taken on vacation...somewhere. I'm guessing this was our trip to New Mexico when the Boys were 10, 8, 6, and 4, but my meticulous record-keeping (hahahaha!) has not helped me out on pinpointing the exact moment it was snapped.

It is, however, a fairly good representation of how the Ragtag Family (that would be us) looked when we were on vacation: happy but not exactly fashion forward. I mean, who dressed those kids?

This came to mind yesterday as I was catching up on my blog reading and came across a post by another vacationing mother. She took her three small children to Mackinac Island, and after seeing her gorgeous photography and the activities they did, I was feeling pretty bad about my own shortcomings as a mom. I mean, this was the caption to one of the photos:
"The lawn in front of Fort Mackinac–great for cartwheels, Frisbee, dancing, playing tag, people watching. My kids made friends with so many dogs there too."
Sigh. If I'd written a caption to the photo above, it probably would have said "Successful day. Everyone still alive after nine hours in the car. Found mechanic open when the Suburban blew a tire."

And we won't talk about how the children in the other blog are dressed like fashion models, and also sat quietly during their ride in the horse-drawn carriage. Did those kids pick out their own clothes? I don't think so, because if they had they undoubtedly would have chosen an Albert Einstein t-shirt and the striped shorts that I used to buy in multiple sizes and colors at WalMart. ($4 a pair, folks. Can't argue with that.) Phooey to those other children in their perfect rompers and long white skirts.

But I have the trump card: These Boys are now charming grown-up adults who arrange their own vacations and do the driving when we're traveling together. They also dress themselves quite nicely, all by themselves.

My work here is done.


  1. Who needs rompers when you've got a Foghorn Leghorn t-shirt?

    It is heartening to hear about children growing up to be actual adults. We are still in the throes of trying to successfully "launch" ours.

    1. At the risk of being one of those annoying people who say "It goes so faaaaaaast," they will be launched before you know it. Also, they will be such delightful adults you will be astonished and enchanted.