I have been dealing with a lot of pain recently and have decided to focus on the positive if I can for only a few minutes and talk about my summer vacation plans. I have plans to make a lot of new memories. They may not be remembered by me, but they will live on in my children, my wife, and my family.
What am I doing this summer? I will be relaxing in the mediterranean sun. I will be fishing in the lakes of the great mountains and in the Aegean sea. I will be holding my sister’s brand new baby and teaching them how to cast a line. I don’t think the baby will care being one month old, but Uncle Luke needs to pass on his important life knowledge while I can. I will be spending time with my sister explaining to her how all of her parenting is wrong even though she’s had multiple babies compared to my knowledge of raising one infant. I will have a beer with my brother-in-law and tell him how he was never good enough for my sister, but he’s kinda grown on me. You know give him that whole compliment sandwich thing they promote to raise self esteem. The jerk keeps having sex with my sister though so I don’t really need to explain why he’s not good enough. Oh yeah, I am that guy. You can be in your 30’s kid, but I did not approve this kind of behavior from you. You should have been a nun. Where was I? Oh yes I’ll be teaching the baby to fish and having a beer. Hopefully her husband learns something about fishing too while this happens. My sister will roll her eyes and tell me I am an ass. I know this though and then she’s going to blame it all on post baby hormones. It’s never her fault.
We’re going to go out to dinners at local cafes sitting on the sidewalk. Teens sulking, toddlers fighting, big kids playing at the table, and one screaming baby because it’s hotter than hell if there is no wind from the sea. Street musicians for entertainment while my wife tells embarrassing stories about everybody at the table. Nobody will be safe. I’m going to make my sister try food that did not come from a box of cereal or waffles. So much food to try from Greek markets, Turkish street stands, and Italian cafes. I want to visit my aunts, uncles, and cousins this summer and remember how we ran through the fields as kids. I want to watch the kids run through those fields too and know my family legacy will always carry on and they know where they came from. I want to take my sister to my Nonno’s butcher shop that my uncle now runs where I worked as a kid on summer breaks. I can slice pastrami like you wouldn’t believe! What kind of grandparents let a child use a meat slicer? That’s a whole other story, but I will get my sister to try meat until she finds one she likes!
I have big plans for this summer. I have moments to capture and to hang on to as long as possible. I want to teach my kids and family it’s okay to keep on living. It’s going to be a really good time for everybody, but I hope for my kids it’s one they remember as the best family vacation.