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The best gift I’ve ever received was learning how to have a wonderful time while spending little to no money.
When I was a kid, my parents taught us to enjoy hikes, camping, picnics, storytelling (courtesy of library books or amusing tales from my parents’ childhoods), and swimming in local bodies of water among many other activities.
This was a tradition they continued even once their financial situation improved and we could technically afford the occasional visit to a movie theatre or amusement park.
Yes, there were times when I was a preteen and teenager that I envied the flashier outings and presents some of my classmates talked about after summer vacation. I don’t intend to portray myself as a saintly kid or anything like that, but the funny thing about growing up is how much your perspective can change over time.
I entered adulthood with a vivid imagination and a long list of hobbies and interests that I can enjoy regardless of how much money is or isn’t left over after all of the bills are paid.
Even when I do go on something closer to a traditional vacation, I’m happiest when I enjoy it by swimming in the hotel pool or wandering around town and pretending I’m a local. You never know what cool parks, monuments, or hole-in-the-wall diners you’ll find if you go with the flow, walk past the tourist traps, and see what hidden gems are a few blocks or miles away.
A very nice gift. I’m taking a blog vacation to focus on my writing. I’ll try to keep up with your posts and others to keep up.
Enjoy your blog vacation!
I hope I’m teaching my kids that same skill.
I think you are!
That’s a great gift, and one that keeps on giving.
I could not agree with you more! I grew up with no money – we didn’t even have TV – and I learned to do all kinds of things like gardening and knitting and sewing and reading books to fill that time. At the time I resented it, but now I’m so grateful. It makes being alone good company, and is particularly good for pandemic life!
It sounds like we had very similar upbringings!
Yes, it is great preparation for spending time alone and/or getting through a pandemic for sure.
That’s a great skill to have.
Thank you. 🙂