Learning a few things on Vacation
School budget cuts led to an unexpected vacation for my family and I. Since I’ve started paying attention to my journey in an intentional way, it wasn’t just fun. I also learned a few things about growing.
In Oregon we have this great strategy for dealing with budget shortfalls. It’s called the “Furlough Day.” The school district picks random days of the school year and doesn’t pay the teachers. Basically, whatever amount of money we’re short in the school budget, we just educate our children less by that amount. Easy-peasy.
I’m excited to see how decreased literacy impacts our economy in the future, but in the short run, the kids love it because, hey… VACATION!! Parents on the other hand–who still have to work–are up a creek.
But a while ago Christina snagged a Groupon discount for a place a couple hours from here called The Great Wolf Lodge. I’d never heard of it. It’s a destination resort hotel for families with young kids, centered around a state-of-the-art water park. So this time, instead of staying home and getting frustrated with our little ones for not being quiet and peaceful while we try to get some things done, we decided to pack up the mini-van like people with no responsibilities, and took off for a mid-week vacation.