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It's getting to be graduation time.
In most communities, schools will soon be closed
for the summer.
What that means for many families is the yearly
summer vacation. Where shall we go this year?
What did we learn from last year's experience?
Stella Benson (1892–1933), in Pipers and a Dancer,
wrote, "Family jokes, though rightly cursed by
strangers, are the bond that keeps most families
alive." Let's get the car, the van, the SUV loaded.
It's almost time to make more family jokes and
memories on that yearly . . .
caravansary, noun kăr’ uh vann’ suh ree –
also kăr’ uh vann’ suh rī *
A large inn or hotel.
Originally, a large inn built around a court,
designed for accommodating caravans at
night in the Near or Far East.
Think, in this batter’d Caravanserai
Whose Doorways are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
Abode his Hour or two, and went his way.
Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883)
Bedraggled, weary, exiting the van,
Are (count them!) – one, two, three, four, five. Our clan.
We’re on our yearly bonding ritual,
The touted holiday familial.
Each somehow like the one before,
whose varied tellings pass into our lore.
I know you’re hot. (Somehow, we’ve lost the air
conditioning.) Yes, dear, we’ll soon be there.
Wrong turns get made. We’re lost. Let’s pin some guilt!
He’s jabbing me. Look, Mom, my Coke has spilt.
More squabbling from the rear. She hit me first!
They’re crowding me. We’ve got to stop. I’ll burst.
A tire goes flat. And one of us throws up.
There’s Mom, jaw set in patience. Dad blows up.
At long, long last, (Now, aren’t we having fun?)
We see both neon sign and setting sun.
An end in sight. Farewell, sweet odyssey:
We’ve reached our (budget) caravansary.
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