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Vacation Blues

Elky Pascal

T-shirts: check. Sunblock: check. Sneakers: check. I rummaged through my closet. Hmm … what else should I be packing for the three day trip to Amish Town and Hershey Park? Bored of packing, I plopped on to my bed, and picked up a book instead. Hey, maybe I better take this book along, I decided. Then I tossed it into my suitcase. As an afterthought I tossed in a few more books and magazines.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

weddingSo the next morning, I’d be droning along in my family’s old, rickety minivan with my cranky siblings, while Esty would be flying to off to California. And I’m sure that once she’d get there, she’d be eating in fancy restaurants and going to thrilling attractions each day. And what exactly would I be doing? Oh, who knew exactly, but what I did know was that my family trip was sure to be one big, long bore.…

It was pretty ironic. Just last week I couldn’t wait for my family trip; we look forward to it practically all year. I was dreaming of the upside-down roller coasters in Hershey Park, the quirky games I’d play with my siblings along the way, the barbeques and the “slumber party” at the hotel…. Okay, so we would be staying in a pretty dumpy motel, and we wouldn’t be attending too many thrilling attractions. But still, my family trips were fun, something I’d always looked forward to.

Until I bumped into Esty at a local pool.

“So what are you doing these days?” she asked me, removing one headphone from an ear.

“Nothing much,” I answered, putting down my swim bag. “I’m actually going on vacation next week.”

Esty sat up straight in her seat. “Oh, where you going? And with whom?” I had piqued her curiosity; she removed her second headphone.

“I’m going with my family. We are going to Amish County and Hershey Park.”

Was it the sun? Or was there a slight twinge in her nose?


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