Parents, it’s time to rally for having spring break TOO!

imageSome of you may already be participating in the annual celebration of spring break. And by “participating” I mean coming home from work at lunch to find your teen still in pajamas eating Pop-Tarts straight out of the box while playing Call of Duty or streaming Supernatural reruns on Netflix.

Being a parent, you will smile and playfully tousle their hair. You’ll ask them if they’re enjoying their much-needed vacation from another hard month of schooling. They will grunt in response, causing you to chuckle as you walk to the kitchen, open the refrigerator, and find nothing left but a chilled cantaloupe rind.

“You must’ve worked up an appetite,” you’ll say, though what you’re really thinking is:

Between early-release days, in-service days and holidays, my kids spent a total of nine days in actual SCHOOL last month! How is this even FAIR! I hate you! I hate everyone!

Oops, sorry! That last part was my teenagers.

My point is, the time has come to expand spring break to include EVERYONE so we can all enjoy a week of unfettered fun. And naturally, when I say “everyone,” I realize there are certain positions so important to our country’s infrastructure they can’t shut down without causing our nation to crumble. So, I’m sorry: cooks, servers and bartenders, you’ll have to draw straws for President’s Day. 

For the rest of us, however, a week of relaxation during the nicest time of year is going to be fantastic! No longer will Cancun, Panama City and South Padre Island be the exclusive destinations for drunken college students and creepy professors offering extra credit assignments. No way! From now on, they’ll have to share those warm beaches with parents inflating 8-foot plastic sea mammals for their young children or, in some cases, their horrified teenagers.

“We’re TOO OLD to ride a plastic Shamu!” they’ll protest.

But Dad will continue undeterred, blowing into an air nodule located in a highly questionable area of plastic whale anatomy. This will of course be embarrassing to his teens, who are already mortified by the fact that Dad wore his swim fins to the beach and sand-whipped 30 sunbathers en route to a relatively quiet spot near a keg draped with bikini tops. That’s when Mom and Dad will begin spreading suntan lotion on themselves as if creating a protective layer against the Ebola virus, slathering every crevice before putting on matching Panama Jack sun hats. They will then hand the lotion to their sobbing teens, assuming they haven’t already run off to drown themselves in the surf.

What if your kids are already in college with spring break plans of their own? No problem! Surprise them at the beach! Chances are they used your credit card to secure their travel plans anyway; how hard can it be to get a room at the same hotel? Imagine the laughs you’ll share when they realize the person yelling at everyone to stop staring at his daughter in the bikini contest is DAD! Or the reason that group of girls keeps giggling every time you get near them is because Mom is showing pictures of you pointing to your very first chest hair!

Yes, I think the need to implement a National Spring Break Week is something we can all agree is long overdue.

For those who don’t, I have two words for you:

Summer school.

(Look! I even started a hashtag thingy! #NationwideSpringBreak)




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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

24 thoughts on “Parents, it’s time to rally for having spring break TOO!”

    1. I’ve heard about that thing called “snow.” We don’t get much of it here, so kids generally just get out of school earlier in June by using the snow days as like a “get out of jail free” card.

  1. We are besieged with spring breakers, our beaches are trashed, several young people have shot, injured, killed one another. It’s not pretty.

    1. We’re also a spring break town on the coast, although mostly RVers and families. Not quite the same crowd. I’m really sorry to hear you’re dealing with so much mayhem. But you see my point: That wouldn’t happen if their parents were there… 😉

  2. My kids were teens on break last week, but I was lucky. We were on kid watch (goat kid watch), so while we were busy watching kids come into the world, their friends were getting drunk on a beach somewhere down south.

    But I hear you: we all need a break sometime. I’m working on the accumulation system: I’ve worked every day since my first was born more than 18 years ago. When the youngest is 18, I’m going to times the number of years by three and take my vacation all at once (23 x 3 = 69 weeks). I told the kids I’d send the post cards from wherever I end up…even if that is drunk on a beach somewhere down south. lol

No one is watching, I swear...

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