I haven’t experienced the notion of a “long summer vacation” since I last attended high school many moons ago.
College, jobs to pay for college, marriage, parent at 22, 30 plus year career, grand-pa to two granddaughters at 57 pretty much dictated the end of long stretches of free summer time idleness.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. Given the choice to do it over again, I’d do it the same way except, maybe, for buying that new 1971 baby dew-dew yellow Volvo station wagon.
With this substitute teacher gig, I’m off during the summer again and it’s a new experience. I like it!
My usual afternoon includes the mile long walk down to the air conditioned McLibrary to read my book and partake of fine dining from the $1 menu. It’s also a good place to people watch.
So yesterday, as I was having my third, free refill of the senior diet cola drink, when six junior high aged boys snagged the window booth in front of mine along the drive through lane.
Boy #1: Look, dude. There’s your mom coming. Everybody wave!
(…Boys waving frantically at the silver SUV, as “mom” obliviously drives on through.)
Boy #2: Hey, I think that’s your sister! Everybody wave!
(…Boys waving frantically at the Lexus sports car, as “sister” on cell phone and digging in her McDonalds treasure lunch bag coasts on by)
Boy #3: Hey, isn’t that your uncle! Everybody wave!
(…Boys waving frantically at the confused guy in the pickup truck who’s returning a low two finger wave back while trying to figure out who these kids are)
All the boys: Laughing hysterically, high fiveing each other.
Ok, after a few more rounds of this, I’m starting to figure out that this isn’t a mass drive-thru family reunion and these are just a group of goofy boys having some fun trying to get people to wave at them.
Honestly now, can you think of anything more useless to do on a nice summer day?
When I was their age, way back in the nineteen-ought-sixties, me and the guys would ride our bikes down to the highway and watch for the eighteen wheelers. When we saw one coming, we’d all pump our fists in the air hoping to get the driver to give us a blast on the air horn as he went by. We’d all cheer when we got one.
Now THAT was something to do on a nice summer day!