Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Carol Perkins: Fashion like a lady of the 20s at the beach
A quandary: "The pros of staying behind outweighed the cons. . . According to the kids, they loved the beach but according to Guy, I would not" - CAROL PERKINS at the beach
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: The Annual Perkins Beach Party
By Carol Perkins
A beach trip is especially intimidating for a "larger" lady*. First of all, I don't wear a swimsuit as such. Thank goodness for Land's End swim tops and shorts. However, in wearing this outfit I feel like a lady of the 20's. "Who cares?" Guy says gently because he knows I care. "No one knows you." My kids know me and my grandchildren and I don't want to scare them. This is the primarily reason I don't like the beach, but I also, as stated, do not like the sun.
Each day the routine began with breakfast and then putting on suits and spraying down the sunscreen while I watched them out the door. The pros of staying behind outweighed the cons. First of all, the beach is not within walking distance for me. Second, because of the crowd I would not be able to identify my grandchildren in the water from someone else's. According to the kids, they loved the beach but according to Guy, I would not.
The pool area was huge and no matter how many people were in the water, I never felt crowded. However, I did feel annoyed when a grown man shot a high powered water gun into the air so we unsuspecting adults and our children could get a strong blast of unwanted water on our heads. His children finally fought him over the gun and won. The problem with the pool area was the adults put towels on chairs and never sat in them. Those of us who wanted to sit in a chair had to wait for someone to leave.
Eme and I always go back-to-school shopping and she enjoys modeling her purchases so we can "make over her." The boys wanted no clothes. While she was modeling, they were playing their new XBOX games that was my treat. Once they discovered the Xbox, they never wanted to do anything else. That was probably a mistake but Guy and I encouraged Jon and Carla to let them play. We like, as you remember, electronics. However, when Carla woke up one morning at 5 and heard noises from downstairs only to find Joseph and Noah had been up all night, she imposed a new rule.
At the end of each day Guy and I retreated to our carriage house. One night I sat down on Guy's side of the bed to take off my shoes and the bed fell. "Oh, wonderful," I said to myself, thinking of the deposit. Guy discovered the bed frame had been propped up with a brick. We had to laugh about how much this house costs for a week only to have the bed held up with a brick.
The refrigerator was cleaned out, towels were left in bathtubs as directed, and each searched rooms for hidden items before leaving the house to head home. This was our fifth family vacation and in looking back at the pictures, it is bittersweet to see the changes in all of us. I am thankful we thirteen can be together each year even if I don't like the beach. I may be the biggest baby in the group. - CAROL PERKINS. *(Check out CarolTalk.com for 3 Aug 2015.
This story was posted on 2015-08-05 12:04:11
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Carol Perkins:
Carol Perkins: The Annual Perkins Beach Party
Carol Perkins: Not a sip of milk since 1948
Carol Perkins: Celebrity sighting leads to booking
Carol Perkins: Watermelon and summer
Carol Perkins: Participation keeps one keeping on
Carol Perkins: Send me off
Carol Perkins: Thoughts at Graduation Time
Carol Perkins: Parkway Encounter
Carol Perkins: For better and worse
Carol Perkins: Another day in the life of Carol
View even more articles in topic Carol Perkins
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.