Letter #466: Vacation can be stressful…

Dear vacation,

Next week. I’m going on you next week!!!! Two of my best friends and I are headed to Charleston, SC. We have heard nothing but raving reviews about the food, King Street and endless neat sites to see. ¬†Oh, I’m just so excited!

While you are filled with anticipation, did you know you create quite a bit of havoc and stress as well?! As a kid I never understood how this was possible. Hello, we’re going to explore and have fun…what’s so stressful about that?! Mom, Dad, I get it now. Leaving for you entails so much more than just preparing for you. The preparation for you takes time too…packing (I loathe this step), itinerary, phone calls to book things, all appropriate paperwork and times for flights, etc.

I never realized how much other forethought occurs. Home life: time out groceries perfectly so things don’t expire and go to waste. Leave the APT orderly and clean for roommate and so it’s ready to come home to upon return. Do all laundry so every option is available to pack and so you have clean clothes when you get home. I’m not a home or pet owner so my list is short!

Work life: get everything done for the current work week I’m in. Work ahead so things for the week I’m on you are completed. Set myself up for success on my return so I’m not drowning. This is the component that never once crossed my mind as a kid…except when I had my lawn mowing business. Sometimes I had to mow seven yards in one day, leave for a few days and mow seven again upon my return!!!! Yes, I had my own lawn-mowing business! This is a phenomenal way to develop work ethic and make good money!

Then you add in the fact that I’m actually paying for you rather than Mama and Papa Roth. Worth it…absolutely. However, it was way less complicated when my only responsibility was to throw some clothes in a bag (mom double checked it!), have a good attitude about all the things already planned for us to do, try to fight with my sisters as little as possible, get in the backseat of the minivan and sing at the top of my lungs!

All this being said, I’m sure excited about you…actually ecstatic, but you do add a whole new component to the week before and after you. May my forethought and focus be on point so I can enjoy you thoroughly while flawlessly missing work for a week.

Any Charleston suggestions are welcome and appreciated,

Vacationer at heart