The nearness of midsummer reminds us that we should, at least those of us who have not as yet enjoyed a vacation, begin to formulate plans for our work-free days. However, in most families some one is usually found who scoffs at the idea of vacations, who declares that if one must work for a living one’s business should not be neglected. This misguided person will go even further by emphasizing the fact that he or she has worked for so many years, yet never took any “time off.”
While such “hard” workers may feel that they are entitled to a certain distinction, people who have any common sense at all do not take them seriously. As far as one’s business is concerned, there are so many clever and able persons all around us that a thoroughly competent substitute will not only carry on our work most creditably if we take a vacation, but may in all probability do that work far better than we are doing it.
The person who toils for years without any “time off” is is foolish indeed. All work and no play is a mighty poor rule to go by, and people who think along those lines will, when it is too late, have to admit that theirs was a positively wrong view to entertain.
An annual leave of absence
The girl who daily takes her place in a busy office or workroom should by all means be granted an annual leave of absence from her duties, and this time should be given over to rest plus a fair-sized measure of recreation. If one commands a generous salary, she certainly should arrange to spend her vacation amid new scenes, as a change of environment is wonderfully invigorating.
However, at the present moment many persons who heretofore passed their work-free time at some mountain or seaside resort must, owing to the high cost of living, forgo such a trip. Yet the really practical one will make this sacrifice bravely, and instead of becoming blue or “down in the mouth” wisely decide to enjoy herself thoroughly, even though she must stay at home.
One can take daily outings that are not only delightful but cost comparatively nothing. For two or three trolley fares a person may travel miles through stretches of wonderful country, just now at its best. And the girl who has not tried it should by all means pack a lunch basket with tempting goodies, get in touch with two or three friends, ask her mother (who also should take a little “time off”) to chaperon the party and spend an occasional day at the nearest shore resort.
A pleasure trip of this kind will more than repay one, especially if she takes her camera along. Therefore, the young woman who must spend her vacation at home may, without any question, have a thoroughly good time.
Not all persons who pass the summer or other seasons at fashionable resorts really enjoy themselves. And if the truth were known, numberless persons who sit around on hotel verandas would give worlds to exchange places with the ones who must toil for their bread and butter.
Any business girl whose salary is not overgenerous should not give way to discontent if she must spend her vacation days in her own home town. There, at least, she has friends who will extend to her a royal welcome whenever she calls upon them. Even though she could go to a prominent watering place or mountain resort during her work-free days, she probably would not have as good a time as if she had stayed at home.
She would find out – and this in a very brief space of time – that no one would really care to know her or try to make her trip enjoyable in any way. Fashionable places are, as a rule, overcrowded and frequented, to a large extent, by people who have absolutely nothing in common with the person who must work for a living.
The girl who is blessed with good parents and a home is indeed a truly fortunate young woman, and this truth she should keep constantly before her. She may perhaps feel a wee bit envious of the chum who counts on a vacation at the seashore or mountains, but often one’s seemingly most favored friends are not so fortunate, after all.
Those of us who must spend our vacations at home can, if we will, make the time pass pleasantly, and the surest way to attain this result is to rout envy or discontent from our minds.
Top photo: Vintage postcard of Avalon, Santa Catalina, c1918