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A Poem of sorts - Vacations

Updated on February 16, 2015

Getting there is why we need a vacation when we arrive.

We dream and plan, scream and cram; is it worth it?
We dream and plan, scream and cram; is it worth it? | Source

If only the "get up and go" was that simple!

"Hurry up and get ready!"

"It's almost time to go!"

"I'm not convinced you really want to go!"

Frankly I'm not either.

Planning to go and setting the date and time

that's the easy part.

Getting ready to go, and actually going,

that takes enough work to kill the whole idea.

Oh, yes, when we arrive at our destination,

the cottage, the resort, the hotel, etc.

There is the exhilaration of being able to say

"I'm on vacation!"

Meantime there are the inevitables:

"What did you forget?

Bathrobe, slippers, toothbrush, razor, vitamins, pajamas?

Oh, and don't forget the camera! Did you charge the battery?

Is there enough gas in the car, enough air in the tires?

Did you pack your dinner jacket and black bow tie? Shined black shoes?"

On and on it goes. I swear the voice behind the questions is

working from a checklist! Why not just give me the list?

"Don't forget your bathing suit, the one that matches mine."

The last time I saw her in a bathing suit was....

Well suffice it to say that even a matching colored suit

was too close an association for a public pool.

"You know we're going to be late leaving, don't you?!"

"What are you doing, anyway?"

I'm thinking how nice it would be, if you were going on the vacation,

and I was staying here!


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for dredging up this "piece of fun" Hub. I like to resurrect Hubbers good Hubs so they see the light of day again, too. Thanks.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      some good things never last...vacation is just that...

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Okay April Reynbolds and everyone, we just returned from our mini-reunion vacation. The garden was at the point of death, ripe plums were starting to cover the ground beneath the Santa Rosa Plum tree. The house was hot as blazes. The numerous trips to load the car for our return, meant an equal number of trips to unload it into the house, and the Vacation dowload was enough to wipe away the "restful peace and calm" of the week that was over. We learned several lessons we can pass along: (1) travel light, (2) don't cram in too many activities, (3) check out early to avoid the last minute rush and packed elevators,

      (4) the Mrs. deserves to not have to cook and do dishes, laundry, or fact she deserves to be "Queen for a week." And, if you figure out how to pull off #4, try to make it an ongoing habit when you get back!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      hilarious, i enjoyed it, thanks

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Ha ha, I just got back from vacation. The return is even worse than the leaving! I also clean the whole house before we leavephdast7, used to drive my hubby crazy, but he seems to have gotten used to it! Or just accepted the inevidable. But who wants to come back to a house that needs cleaned on top of all the other stuff that needs done before you can get back to normal.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hahaha this is so funny! :P

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Perspicacious - Oh, this was just too good, so true to life and very, very funny. My husband use to get so cranky because as he would say "I ran around cleaning the house before we left!" And actually I did. I knew who was going to be doing all the unpacking and washing and so forth when the four men in my life crashed as soon as we got home. :) Great Hub. :)

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hilariously, exasperatingly true. When I spoke with my ex recently, he told me that he is traveling for the company he works for now. He was becoming burned out by the stress of a demanding job as a design engineer for a design/ build conveyor company, especially with the addition of constant travel. His boss told him to make time for a vacation. He spent a week in Mexico and came back to about 3 months worth of work. How relaxing is that?

      Great relatable piece, Perspycacious.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, This sounds familiar...

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      You make me laugh! You really have to plan for a vacation because vacation are some what of a hassle which takes the enjoyment out of leaving your comfortable home.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      lol This was funny. Living in the states we just went to the Catskills or the Jersey shore place like that. Never been to a fancy resort. Here in Latvia there are great places for tourists but the average citizen vacations at home or in the country. That's not to say that there are no jet setters and people traveling all over Europe just not everyone can afford it.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Pretty funny. I enjoyed reading this. Both of us are compulsive about being organized for things so we generally start out relaxed and enjoy our time.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Too funny. I think I've had this exact conversation before.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago


      We tend to take our 'fun' a little too seriously sometimes, eh? Funny, Perspy!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This was fun. Thank you for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      So true that vacations can be more work than play, and you're so tired when they're over! A great haiku!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Hilarious. Never heard of matching swimsuits for him and her.

      My idea of vacation is not having to go to work.