If you do not have the money to take your children or grandchildren on a summer vacation, don’t despair. There are ways to make every moment count with your loved ones, even if you cannot take them to Disney Land, on a cruise or cross country road trip. There is an old saying that simple pleasures are the best, and I believe this is true. Fun from the viewpoint of a child is vastly different than that of an adult.
When we were young we a a neighbor whose nickname was Tom. Each time he washed his car all the neighborhood children would stand nearby and shout,”Tom can’t get us Tom cant get us.” Tom would then turn his water hose on us and we loved getting wet.
My mother had a kiddie pool in her back yard where my children and their cousins ha lots of fun. Neither of these
was a trip to the beach, but still made fond memories. My great grandmother would bake a chocolate cake, make a pitcher of Kool-aid, and bring out freezer pops. She would set it all on a table under the shade of a big tree. All the neighborhood children would stop by and enjoy with us.
Recently my 3 grandchildren piled into a Toys R Us shopping cart. They had a ball riding through the store, and grabbing the toys fro the shelves we chose to purchase. Whenever I shop at Food Lion, I put two of the gran kids in the carts that are like mini cars. They blow the horns and turn the wheels, as if they are really driving.
When the grandchildren were recently taking a bath, the oldest put bubbles all over his face, and stood up. I told him he looked like Mr. Bubble. The middle sibling laughed with glee, but the baby cried. I took a picture that captured that fun moment. One day I had a pile of clothing to sort through for Good Will. The grandchildren pretended it was a mountain, climbed to the top and rolled off, laughing with glee.
If you cannot take the children in your life on a summer vacation, here are some ideas. Check the local library for a summer reading program, or educational events, or even puppet shows. If you attend church, check with your own, and other local churches for vacation bible school.
If you have a yard or enclosed porch have a cookout or pizza party. Go to a local park, or hike on a local green way. I recall a night when I popped popcorn, and my youngest two children and I lay across the twin beds in my daughters room, watching a hour VHS tape that my mother made.
I realize times have changed, life is more dangerous and people do not know their neighbors. This should not stop you from having fun with your loved ones. Recently I was going to watch a movie with my grandchildren. I cooked chicken nuggets, and had snacks for them.
When I came out of the kitchen they were cheering, and saying ,”Yeah, nuggets, thank you grandma, thank you grandma.” It is true, that the lack of money can hinder certain things you do in this life, but seeing the joy, and appreciation expressed by my grandchildren is a value that all the money in the world cannot buy.
There are many fun activities you can enjoy with your grandchildren. Check the Internet, the local paper and listen for television commercials for ideas. You may also want to get together with other grandparents for a play date. I recently took my 3 grandchildren to the home of a friend who had 4 of her own on hand. We all had a really good time.