Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Isn't it amazing

how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?
~Zig Ziglar
The final weeks of my "summer vacation" are in sight.  Those of us who live in resort areas have the advantage to have the "staycation." Every evening when I head to the beach for my nightly walk, I look at the visitors, and think, you have to go home at the end of the your vacation...I live here.

Summer vacation is American.  It is not as common in Europe, South America, and Asia to take 3 months off.  Ireland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, and Russia do take the 3 months, but Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Canada, and Germany take six to eight weeks.  American schools are in session for 180 days, but the Japanese schools are open 250 days.

Many think our summers off were to allow the children to help on farms, but crops were planted in the spring and harvested in the fall.  So, why have June, July, and August become the 
"hit the road" months?
Thank the rich people who lived in the 19th century!  Summer has always been a travel time, and they wanted their children to be able to go without having to worry about school.  Also, during this time and into the early 20th century, people believed the brain was a muscle, and it was important not to strain it (you know I could comment here, but I will restrain myself).

In my research, a Mr. Henry Curtis is mentioned as someone in the early 1900s who advocated for more play time for children as well as having them spend summer with their families.  He also supported Boy and Girl Scouts for summer entertainment.

There was sympathy for students in those schools where air conditioning did not exist; just like today, you will hear of school closings in the early June heat waves.  The summer was also a time for teachers to get more training.  One funny item I found was a little sexist.   In rural areas, summer classes were taught by young women and teenaged girls.  The male teachers taught in the fall and winter.

So, whatever your summer brought, I hope it brought you some relief from the daily routine, remember:
It's all emotion. But there's nothing wrong with emotion. When we are in love, we are not rational; we are emotional. When we are on vacation, we are not rational; we are emotional.
                                      ~Frank Luntz

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