Of course, before I head off on my Summer Vacation, I will spend some time with you in the Think Tank. It is our Friday night tradition after all…
It has been an incredibly draining week between work and this horrible heat wave, so vacation could not have come at a more perfect time.
It’s almost as if I time traveled into the future to help me figure out the best time to to take off from work…
I picked up some salt and vinegar wings on the way home, so I’m itching to have my dinner. Let’s get things rolling here first, though!
This week’s topic: If you could time travel back to any Summer in your life for a vacation, which year would you revisit?
I am limiting the time travel to a span during your life, Modern Philosophers, because I basically want to know what Summer past had the deepest effect on you.
Yes, I’m just being incredibly nosy!
I’m going to choose the Summer I was 16. Evil Step Mother packed me off to a sleep away camp upstate to work as a counselor. She said I needed to learn responsibility, and shouldn’t waste away my Summer goofing off (you know, like a typical 16 year old!).
Meatballs was one of my all-time favorite movies at the time (it still is!), so a Summer away from home as a CIT sounded like it could be a blast….even if Bill Murray wasn’t around to mentor me or serenade me in a canoe.
That Summer, I fell in love for the first time. I had an incredible amount of fun, realized how invigorating it could be to be independent, and planted the seed for a future away from my family (don’t worry…that’s a good thing!).
I’d love to go back to that Summer just to see Maureen again, hold her hand one more time, and try to convince her it would be worth her while to wait around for me to turn 18.
I’d also just like to see me at a time when I was coming into my own, learning to stand on my own two feet, and enjoying freedom far from my Evil Step Mother’s iron fist.
I’d probably take 16 year old Austin aside and give him a pep talk. If I had the confidence then that I developed much later in life, I think things would have turned out much different and for the better.
I’d also tell him to write down everything that happened over the course of the Summer because it would make for an excellent movie someday!
That was a great Summer, and I’d fire up my time machine to visit it again anytime.
How about you, Modern Philosophers?