Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Dispatch From The Lake
That's a photo of my dad with Ellie on her first canoe ride. We've just returned from five days at the lake, five days during which I learned the following:
1. If you're planning on spending your vacation time fiddling with your camera and playing with your camera and recording all the vacation fun with your camera, be sure to PACK THE BATTERY CHARGER FOR YOUR CAMERA.
2. An auto-focus telephoto lens will suck your battery dry like nobody's business, fool, and P.S.: that was your only battery.
3. Lake spiders are thin and spindly and generally less offensive than the fat, sinister, basement spiders that you regularly immobilize with spray starch, but you still don't want them crawling across your eyeball.
4. Food tastes better on vacation.
5. You can take a "vacation" and, as long as you vacate the place you normally live for a certain period of time, you have successfully "vacationed." Gone for five days? Great vacation! Way to vacate!
6. When you have two very small children, it is important to understand that "vacation" is not synonymous with "resting time with lots of rest" and adjust your expectations accordingly.
7. On the other hand, lakes are very good for wearing children out, plus they are blue, and smell nice, and cannot be beat on a hot day (lake monsters notwithstanding.)
8. It is always good to come home, even if your lawn and flower beds went absolutely, inexplicably wild in your absence and you feel as though your bizzaro hillbilly self has taken over the house and sorry, she h'aint doin' no weedin'.
9. You could really use a nap. And maybe a vacation.