Kids opting for a more domestic spring break experience

3/7/2014

It's spring break for my kids.

It's spring break for my kids.

Not sure how much I will see them, but I do know they won't be traveling any place very exotic.

When I was in college I was happy to come home and sleep, and I'm sure I won't see my daughter, Claire, before noon most days.

As for Alek, I'll be happy if he spends a few days at home. He hates to sit still.

When I was a college student, I had no idea kids went off to Florida or Mexico or the Bahamas or the Dominican Republic until MTV starting broadcasting from those locations.

They would send back stories and videos of kids drinking, trashed hotel rooms and horrified residents who hated their towns being overrun by these kids. It made for good television.

Those people are now in their 40s and 50s, probably hoping their kids don't discover what they did on YouTube.

I don't know if kids today are not getting quite so wild during spring break or the media just got tired of doing the same story year after year, but I don't hear as much about the partying and debauchery as I used to.

In my days, each year the national media hopped on planes and headed to spring break (anyone ever report on what the reporters did?) to send back stories on how out of hand these kids were.

It made people think the country was coming to an end and the leaders of tomorrow were going to be a bunch of naked drunks.

I was never interested for some reason. Well, there was one good reason. I never had the money to go any place — I was in college. I don't know who these kids were or if their parents bank-rolled their trips, but it had to be an expensive way to blow off steam.

Also, watching the kids that were on the beaches and stumbling along the streets made me realize I was better off at home in Iowa.

I also have different ideas on how to spend my time off.

If I was going to head to some place warm in March, it would be for spring training baseball. After all these years, I'm still trying to get there.

The crack of the bat was always more appealing to me than the crack of opening a beer can.

As for Claire and Alek, they entered a week off from school without any real plans.

Claire is busy planning her wedding, which takes up most of her time.

Alek rarely has any plans, but always seems to be going some place.

It'll be good to see them, even if it is as they come and go.

I also won't have to worry about turning on the television and being horrified at what I see. Those pictures from spring break are funny when it's not your kids.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.

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