I have written so many North, versus South, posts in my day, but it has been a while.
I’ve noticed another difference, so wanted to share.
Growing up in North, when we took a vacation, we were always allowed to invite a friend with us. After all, The more the merrier!
Likewise, when my friends would take their family vacations, I was always invited to go.
Didn’t matter where, aquarium, zoo, circus, across the state, or to a different state.
Even to Canada! My mon didn’t allow me to go to Canada though.
Since spending the last 10+ years down South, this is just hot the case.
I have never thought about it until today, when one of my daughters asked me why she is never invited on her friend’s vacation, while we always allow the our kids to invite a friend.
I asked her to ask her friends. Not in a demanding way… Or making her friends feel weird. Just ask and stop wondering.
She did, and her friend/s did not mind being asked at all she said. In fact, one told her that she always asks, but her parents say no.
Just family on vacations. These families are from the South.
I have another daughter, my youngest, who always gets invited by one family to go on their yearly family vacations.
In fact, that daughter is at the beach right now, with her friend’s family, on their vacation.
However, that family is not from the South.
So in learning, it is not the kids, it’s their parents.
Kids want to experience life and make memories with their friends. Even on vacations.
But Southern parents have a rule, family only.
I suppose this is why there are so many movies devoted to family vacations, where the kids are, in most cases, miserable.
I’m actually not a fan of these sort of movies. I that sometimes family vacations should just be that. Family. But why all the time? Especially if the kids would like to invite a pal.
Personally, I still stand, the more the merrier!
Why not let our kids enjoy themselves and bring friends along too.