Too many children

Ok, this is a sea day and everyone is running around the ship looking for things to do. There are about 3k worth of passengers which has become way too many for me to deal with. Worse – over 600 of them are under the age of 16.

That is right – school is running in the US and Canada (which is where almost all the passengers live). And there are more than 350 school aged children on the ship. I just don’t get it. This is not an educational trip where they are going to meet history, learn amazing things, or do anything other than potentially get a chance to use Spanish in the ports. Other than that?

I had a chance to chat with a number my age travelers. They all concurred that there was absolutely no way they would have (or could have) taken kids out of school for a vacation. That certainly held true for the German schools – unless you were home ill, in the hospital or missed 1-2 days due to a family funeral (and documentation was required) school days missed counted as unexcused absences. All homework due and exams missed = fail.

Yes, I am cranky. It is also because there are too many running around and running into people to balance out those who are well behaved. Obviously being well behaved means that you don’t get noticed. Anyway – we are off in the morning. 

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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