Okay, that's not really the first question. Let's try this:
You work year-round, and you work a lot. (I know, I'm one to speak.) How do you define "vacation?"
There are all different kinds of vacations. One is just not working. A few days off, staying home. To me, spring cleaning can be a vacation because I actually like that sort of work, and it isn't my JOB.
There's the active vacation, which is usually my preference. I want to DO something, and SEE something. My childhood wanderlust still comes out. I love to travel, to see new places, all of that.
Then, of course, there's the active vacation with kids. Going to Disney World or something isn't really a vacation. Hell, it's more work than a job. When you get home, you need a vacation from your vacation. That doesn't mean it's not fun. I love having that time with my family, but it isn't relaxing at all.
Then, of course, with or without kids, there's the relaxing vacation. The Gulf Coast of Florida is the most relaxing place for me. I'm not really a lay on the beach type of person, but the laid back lifestyle and the beauty of the Gulf soothes my soul. I wish I was there right now. :)
Straight on 'til Morning chronicles one life-changing summer. What makes summer stories so important? Personally, I think it's because summer is the bridge between school years - at least, in traditional American schools - and they used to really be breaks from school, time with family and friends...
I think you're right, but it's more than that for me. Summer is freedom, and therefore it is a time of infinite possibilities. Anything can happen on those long, lazy summer days. Every season has its own special kind of magic, and summer's magic springs from that.
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