Mirriam-Webster defines vacation as a scheduled period during which activity is suspended or a period of exemption from work is granted to an employee. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a holiday as a time when someone is away from work or school, but is free to do whatever they want, be it traveling or just relaxing.
And the Urban Dictionary, which is an online lexicon created in 1999 to define slang words and phrases, defines the holidays as a period of time when an adult pretends to be a child again and doesn’t have to. no responsibility to take on, spending money like the world is ending and relaxing.
I guess, like me, holiday perception is a handful of the three definitions in these dictionaries.
Of course, my employer gave me time off to spend my free time, and I remember the freedom I enjoyed during the summer months between my school days. Then there were the holidays where I spent more money than expected. And, oh yes, there have been instances as an adult – a mature adult over 50 – where I’ve thrown caution to the wind and demonstrated my inner child in order to participate in an activity just to feel the residual effects the next day.
In fact, it happened to me last weekend while my husband and I were visiting my son and his fiancée in Austin. The kids had planned a trip to Lake Travis, where an obstacle course water park has been set up.
The weather was great that day and Waterloo Adventures was great fun.
I climbed and slid, but mostly just jumped off inflatables into the water. Granted, the obstacle course was beyond my skill set and I knew I was going to fall anyway, so I went straight to the point.
It wasn’t until the next day that the stiffness and pain in my skeletal and muscular system showed up, reminding me that I was no longer a spring chicken.
But as the Urban Dictionary defines it – the holidays can be a time when the cares of the world fade away and we can feel like children again. And with the help of a dose of Advil, it was worth it.
Before leaving Lake Travis, my youngest daughter, who was also on the trip with her boyfriend, wanted to take a picture of the six of us at the water park as a reminder of the good times we had together.
In the upcoming July/August issue of Vicksburg Living magazine, we invite readers to share photos of their summer fun times, which may include a vacation snapshot, friends at an outdoor barbecue, fun at the pool, a family reunion or a hike. Be sure to include the names of everyone in the photo. You can email them to me at [email protected] or vicksburgpost.com/summerfun.
Oh, and don’t delay. Our deadline is June 15.
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.
Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.
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