I don’t really know about elsewhere in the world, but in Memphis, though it is not yet summer by the calendar, it certainly is summer in terms of temperature.
It is also the time of year when I look at the next three months and see travel plans stacking up every two weeks or so. Now is the beginning of a season of traveling to visit family and friends and having family and friends come and visit us. We’ll be taking some shorter jaunts to some more-or-less local-ish places, and one big, pack-the-rented-car-and-drive-for-two-days trip.
All of this planning makes me think of the days before adulthood when vacation meant waking up one day and getting in the car. Being magically transported to a new place with new smells and new sights. These days, vacation is more about watching my kids have that experience. (Maggie is already running around saying, “Beach!” even though we won’t be leaving for our beach vacation for another two months.)
So the assignment this week is to write about vacation. It can be a memory of a particular vacation, a meditation on vacations more generally, a short story about a dude who goes on vacation and gets more than he bargained for, or a haiku about a beach ball.
As usual, if you choose to write about this assignment, post the link to your response in a comment here, and I’ll share it at the end of the week on this sight. Also, as usual, if you or someone you know might be interested in this little virtual writing group we’ve got going, share this post. Anyone is invited to participate, with any writing style and really, any topic. (Also, if you have a suggestion for a small assignment, let me know!)