Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

I know it’s been a shockingly long period of time since I last posted, but I’ve been busy. When I say busy, I mean it.

To wit: since July 28, my family and I have flown 10,271 miles, visited with 58 friends, relatives and their offspring, set foot in six different states, slept in eight different beds, swam in seven different places, climbed 110 steps in the Statue of Liberty, toured one World War II submarine, fed one giraffe, rode two roller coasters, watched “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” twice, saw more than a dozen F-22 fighter jets, watched the Pittsburgh Pirates lose at baseball, hunted for alligators with a flashlight and held one Emmy award.

But if I when I recount this list to our son, now aged 5 11/12, and ask him what he liked doing the most, his response was, “When we had lunch at McDonald’s.”

So now I know. Next summer, all I need to do is take him to McDonald’s; that will make my life so much easier. This, I realize, is a by-product of never taking him there. When we do go, the experience supersedes anything else, no matter how exciting.

We returned to school today, though, so MarathonMum will be resuming her regular posting schedule. Those with eagle eyes will have already noticed that most of my posts previously had been done between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. GMT. This golden time is naptime, but during the summer, precious naptime time was taken up by Son No. 1, so there wasn’t much I could do. Plus, I was busy doing all of the above.

I’m sorry to all of my fans who were disappointed with the paucity of posts for the past six weeks, but sometimes, you have to go out and live your life, not just write about it.


Anne P. said...

Maybe Andrew really is an American boy at heart. Unless of course he pronounces it Mac-Donalds, as the Brits do, rather than Mic-Donalds.

Elle said...

Welcome back to school runs and routine. Isn't it great?

Your son has the same response as my children. After an expensive holiday in Greece with glorious weather, luxurious swimming pools and plenty of Mummy time, the highlight was.. {drums in the back ground}... the ice-cream.

The chocolate one to be precise. Yeh right.

No running in your holiday then ;-)?

Kathryn said...

Glas you got home safely, especially since the South is now under water. I am glad I was one of the 58 people who got to spend time with you. I miss you already :(

Anonymous said...

It isn't a true summer vacation until you've fed a giraffe--as long as you didn't feed it that Emmy.

Michelle Mitchell said...

Welcome back!!! could you be rested after doing all that???