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#AtoZChallenge V is for Vacation

April 25, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me

V is for Vacation. An unforgettable childhood vacation at the beach. Each year in October, we would make what was in those days, a very  long drive to Rosebud, where we would stay for a whole week. Us kids loved those holidays at the beach.

We would often stay in a house that backed right on to the beach. They were different times then and we were allowed to go for a walk on the beach by ourselves,as long as we only went to the jetty and back.

Probably due to our excitement, there was one time that my sister and I walked right past that jetty without realising it. Before long, we were worried, we couldn’t find the jetty and walking back, we couldn’t find the entry to our house.

I would have been about 6 and my sister about 4 years old.  Before too long we both started to cry. Some people having a picnic called us over and asked what was the matter.

When we finally managed, between sobs, to say that we were lost,they asked us if we would know the house from the road. I knew that I would and told them so. The man then told us to get in his car and he would drive us down the Main Street and we would find the house.

Meantime my parents were of course, very worried when we didn’t get back. Dad searched the beach but couldn’t find us. He decided we must have accidentally taken the wrong pathway to the house and ended up on the main road.

So, he drove down the main road, expecting to find us walking along the footpath. Can you imagine his horror, when he sees us in a car going the other way and driven by a strange man!

Dad did a U-turn and chased the man down thinking he’d caught a child abductor in action. I can’t remember the conversation between Dad and the man, but it was quickly sorted out and we headed home to Mum.

This story was talked about and laughed about many many times over the years. Every time I think of Rosebud this memory comes back to me.

Please visit again to see my story unfold. 


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  1. Your dad must have been beside himself!! You and your sister were so young. Different times. Great memory.

  2. Thanks for linking up and sharing at Midlife Share the Love Party, Jen. I’ve left a previous comment and really enjoyed your post. Have a great day!

  3. Good grief – children are so innocent aren’t they – think of all the disasters that could have occured (but stranger danger was less of a thing back then) Can you imagine letting a 6yr old and a 4yr old out on their own these days?

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

  4. I am sure there are many situations where children are helped and not abducted but … oh dear. When I was young my brother and I were allowed on the beach by ourselves including to swim. I am afraid I was not quite so liberal with my children.
    Family holidays contain many happy memories 🙂

  5. Times have certainly changed Jennifer! Love this story from your childhood. #mlstl

  6. I remember those days well when it was safe for us to play outside for hours by ourselves. We walked in the woods, played in the pasture and walked down country roads. It is a different world today. Thank you for sharing your memories!

  7. Quite an adventure. I enjoyed your story.

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