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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Vacation to nowhere

  • The better part of my summer was spent in a classroom, where I read Shakespeare, learned about Ancient Roman culture and tried to ignore all the fun happening outside school walls.
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  • The better part of my summer was spent in a classroom, where I read Shakespeare, learned about Ancient Roman culture and tried to ignore all the fun happening outside school walls.
    Then, two weeks ago, my summer break began. I genuinely liked my summer classes but, being human, I enjoy free time more. My education hiatus lasts through mid-August, so the fresh schedule gaps have been filled with long naps, my favorite movies and time with friends and family.
    My grandmother visited Shawnee for the first time a couple weekends ago. We toured the Santa Fe Depot Museum, visited the Shawnee Mall and ate at several locally owned restaurants. I feel like Captain Obvious saying so, but it beat studying for literature and history tests, a million times over. We had a fantastic time.
    Tomorrow I’m driving to North Texas for a four-day stint with my family. My parents are educators, so they are usually able to secure significant vacation time during summer months. My sister works at an urgent care facility and is always enrolled in some type of medical training, but has a fairly flexible schedule.
    So, I expected we would take a short trip this week. Growing up, we took a three- to four-day trip each year. Sometimes they were elaborate: Disney World; Sometimes they were low-key: A log cabin in Colorado; Sometimes they were a short drive away: Oklahoma City.
    It turns out, our family trip this week will be local - very local - as in, “we aren’t leaving the house” local. Our schedules don’t synchronize in a way that justifies a trip to anywhere… and I kind of love that.
    While I enjoy long car rides complete with backseat bickering, relaxing in my hometown home, with my dogs and loved ones, never gets old.
    I imagine we’ll have board game tournaments, movie marathons and archery competitions. It’s not Disney World, but it’s just as animated. Plus, you can’t get a home cooked meal on the road.

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