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November 26, 2009 - Per Peterson
Most sane people love vacations, look forward to them all year long. There are exceptions. Take me. I’m not necessarily a big fan of taking a week off of work at a time. Mostly, I do it for self-preservation — you know, to avoid burning out. This year, I’ve taken two and barely left the area. The first I took this summer so I could help with Vacation Bible School at First Lutheran Church in Garvin. The second, I just got done with and actually left the area for a day to take my kids on their own mini-vacation that included learning (science museum) and just being a kid (Nickelodeon World) at Mall of America. I spent the final day of my whirlwind vacation getting our Jeep fixed and our water heater replaced. I suppose I should’ve brought my camera to the mechanic for a future slide show opportunity. While I was waiting for my Jeep to get fixed I spoke with a woman who was reading Sarah Palin’s new book. She was actually enjoying it. Never thought I’d come face-to-face with someone who liked Palin enough to buy her book. Such an encounter is rare I’ve learned — like taking a fishing trip and spotting a killer whale fly out of the water. Damn, I wish I would’ve had my camera. The main reason I don’t like to take vacations is because all good things must come to an end, and when it comes to vacations, the first day back at work is about as much fun as 10 hours in the dentist’s chair, especially when you consider I can barely walk. I found one thing out about getting older — you don’t have to do something to your body to hurt yourself. I’ve spent the last few days limping around at home and in the office like someone had shot me in the foot and then cleaned the wound with steel wool. I figure I walked way too much last weekend showing the kids a good time and started paying for it Sunday. Now, back at work, I cry like a baby every time I put the slightest amount of pressure on said foot. Looking back, I’m glad I got to spend as much time with the kids as I did (parents these days just don’t get to do it enough), and there was a considerable amount of couch time I was able to catch up on, so my week off definitely had its high points. However, I also learned that just because a person takes a vacation, it doesn’t mean the stress melts away. I have a lot of great memories from my latest vacation — seeing the kids’ faces light up on the rides at Mall of America, watching them learn at the science museum and meeting someone who thinks Sarah Palin makes a good author.
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