Resting from a Dog’s Life.

“A vacation is like love, anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort and remembered with nostalgia.”—anonymous

Rooney Bin residents are back from a six-day get-away. We had a good time…I think. The problem with vacations is preparing to go, then coming home, unpacking and catching up.

Having traveled the world with a small duffle and briefcase my spouse the Binmeister is skilled at packing in an hour the morning we leave. Thus, he has time on his hands and spends it making reservations. For this trip he discovered almost everything was booked up. Because of the easing of Covid fears, half the country decided to “vacay” at the same time as the Rooney Bin. The other half was already on the road looking for hotel rooms. It was much like the emergence of locust after 17 years of isolation.

Undeterred, No.1 daughter and I spend days thinking and rethinking our travel wardrobes. After all, we need more “stuff” than the Binmeister.

            That brings to mind an oft told family tale. When No.1 son—age six at the time—was watching his father load the car for a 15 hour drive to the grandparents, he asked “Dad, what’s a vacation?”

It’s where you go to get away from it all,” Binmeister replied.

“But Dad,” No. 1 said, “we’re taking it all with us.” Out of the mouths of babes…

Sunny days or rainy weather, crowded roads or smooth sailing, there are many benefits to escaping the daily routine. According to an on-line article by Sarah Alender, vacations decrease depression, cut the risk of heart disease, lessen stress and improve productivity. (Frankly, I think naps do much the same and cost less.) Another benefit claims vacations reduce your risk of death by 20 percent. One study found a change of scenery fans the flames of romance and makes a marriage happier. Nothing brings you closer to your family than five or six hours in a crowded car with grumpy children and a driver who swears at the vehicle driving slowly in the passing lane ahead of him or who argues with the automated map guide’s voice.

The Binmeister always wants to hit the road for a beach vacation. He forgets we live in a beautiful beach community surrounded by shopping, nice restaurants and entertaining events. Now that the pandemic has eased, local non-profits are ramping up fundraisers.

*The Final Word…Columnist Earl Wilson defined vacations as “what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”

 Conversely, when you get home you’ll be taking a vacation from your vacation.

Upon returning to the Bin abode I’m grateful that at least we are all still speaking to each other. It was a long drive home through pop up storms and an extraordinary number of RVs and trucks on the road. Why does a one week long vacation take two weeks to recover from? There’s mail to sort, bills to pay, emails to answer and clothes to launder.

As author Elbert Hubbard said, “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who just had one.”

Frankly, I’ll settle for a nap.