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{vacations} #sol17

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Vacations are exciting!
Planning, preparing, scheduling, anticipating.
Check lists, packing, organizing, repacking.

Vacations are exhausting.
Early to rise, go, go, go.
Drive, drive, stop, drive, drive more.

Vacations are exhilarating.
Sunshine, blue skies, ocean breeze.
No worries. No reality.

Vacations are expensive.
Tickets, souvenirs, ice cream.
Memories, stuffed animals, more ice cream.

Vacations are extremely sad in the end.
Pack up time's up.
Reality slowly creeps in.

Vacations are memories.
Photographs and stories. Remember? Smiles.
Planning next trip, anticipation, can't wait.


  1. So many ways to view a vacation! Love the way this is organized around adjectives right up to the last stanza, then you end it with probably the most important part of vacations- what you are left with (memories). So creative!

  2. A lot of work and effort goes into planning the "perfect" vacation. But in the end, all the memories that were made make it well worth the effort. Can't wait to hear more about it, especially from the girls. Hugs, Mom

  3. Welcome back! Seems like it was a great trip.
    What a great structure, Michelle! I loved the repetition and the italicized word at the end of the first sentence in each stanza.
    BTW: You know how I cut costs on vacations? I stuff the car with so much stuff that we don't have room to buy souvenirs! ;)

  4. Vacations are all that but also necessary to restore the person. I'm so close to a vacation, and I can't wait! Sounds like you had a great time, but who wouldn't at the happiest place on earth.

  5. I love the way you looked at so many different angles of the same topic. Talk about complexity! I can't WAIT for my vacation in a week!

  6. You really captured the joy and the fun! Can't wait to hear more.

  7. You captured vacations so well!


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