What do children say about summer?
I've found some stuff about kids and their summer holidays. They are American kids, but they are like kids all over the world, and I think their thoughts and wishes about the summer holidays are the same. The guy Hyder who wants to take his mom with him to Norway because he loves her very much - and the little girl Ashlei, who won't take anyone with her on vacation, because she wants all the chocolate for herself. I think they ar marvellous!
Tiannah, 11, said her best trip was to Vermont, the home of Ben &
Jerry's ice cream. In addition to the ice cream, she liked lying on a
comfortable hammock and sleeping under the stars.
Sophie, 11, liked her trip to Colorado best because she learned to
cast a fishing rod in a wobbly canoe. She also learned the backstroke in
the hotel pool.
Hawaii was a favorite spot for a number of kids:
Diana, 11, liked it so much she wants to move there. "I went to the
beach, saw snakes, fish, and a sailfish in the ocean, ate great food,
got sunburned, and rode in the new rented car we got."
Where you vacation is important, but as kids described their favorite
trips, it was the people that seemed to matter most. In fact, more than
half of kids said fun people were the most important ingredient — more
important than a great place or fun stuff to do.
Mabembe, 12, said her best trip was a couple years ago when her
family took a very long drive to Toronto for a wedding. "What made the
trip sooo fun was that we drove," she said. "Yes you heard right, we
drove! Two and a half days long. I tell ya, it was all worth it because
we did it together as a family."
Lucie, 11, said her best vacation was when her family went to
Tanzania in Africa. "I went not to have a safari adventure, but a family
one. We went because all my family lives there except my mom, dad, my
brother, me, and my sister. That was the best part because I could meet
my distant family."
Family and friends also were important as kids described where they'd
go on a dream vacation. Some kids chose popular vacation spots, but
others said they wanted to visit other planets or go back in time!
Jen, 12, wants to visit 1960s. Why? To see the Beatles live in
concert. "I am a big fan of the Beatles and am disappointed that I
wasn't even alive when they were together. I'd take my parents so they
could tell me about the '60s so I would know how to act in a different
Nina, 15, would take her best friend, Kathy, to the moon so they could float around in zero gravity.
Madeline, 8, wants to take her dog, Captain, on a trip to Saturn.
Megan, 10, would like to take her family and her cats, Marcie and
Buster, on a trip to see volcanoes. She'd stop in Hawaii and Yellowstone
National Park — two volcanic spots — to get a head start on her career.
"I want to study volcanoes when I grow up," she said.
Hyder, 12, wants to go to Norway to see how it stays light for 6
months of the year and dark for the other 6. Who would he take? "My mom
because I love her very much."
Matt, 10, says he wants to go to Washington, DC, to see his uncle and
to see the new Major League Baseball team, the Nationals. He'd take his
family "because they have done so many things for me."
Alaina, 13, says she's always wanted to visit Queensland, Australia.
She'd visit the Sydney Opera House and explore Australian culture. Who
would she bring? "My mom, dad, and . . . no one else. Ha-ha, just
kidding. I'd take along my little brother, too."
It's hard to tell if Ashlei, 10, was kidding when she said she'd take no
one with her on a dream vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania.
alone? "I want all the chocolate to myself," she said.
Photo Strands, Mols, 2007: grethe bachmann