5 Things You'll Say on the way to family vacation

5 Things that Are Guarenteed to be said on the way to a Family Vacay

You may travel to different places every year but these 5 things are always said

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I write this article on my first night of vacation with my family. After a 5 hour drive, I heard things that gave me deja vu from past family vacations. This year, we happen to be returning to the spot we vacationed at last year, however, I have heard these phrases said on every vacation I have been on with my family.

The first couple hours of the car ride are usually okay. This year especially, because my parents just picked me up from the summer camp I work at and I hadn't seen them in 3 weeks so we had a lot to talk about. We talked about work and things I needed to get done for college and my brother caught me up on what I missed at home. After the first couple hours, however, things inevitably shifted to the typical family vacation banter. It's not that my family and I don't love each other, but that being in a car for 5+ always brings these 5 things out of us.

1. Do we have to listen to this music?

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Now that I am an adult and my little brother is 15, we bicker a lot less over the music but there is still always some angst over gets more of "their" music listened to. I prefer country or 80's and my brother prefers punk rock. We normally switch off CD's but nevertheless, I caught myself asking him if he had any other music and vice versa.

2. I have to pee.

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On a 5-hour car ride, there is no question that there will be multiple bathroom breaks. Again, now that we are older, we don't get as annoyed with the person who has to stop as we did when we were younger. This time it happened to be me! I have type 1 Diabetes and my blood sugar was high, resulting in me having to pee approximately every 45 minutes. " I have to pee" was definitely said multiple times on this ar ride!

3 .I'm hungry

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Ahh, the classic road trip/boredom hunger. This will usually be said relatively soon after a meal or after the snacks were packed up and everyone was asked if they wanted everything. My parents looked back a couple hours in and I was leaned over into the back of the car trying to dig out popcorn because I was STARVING and I had stupidly said no to food earlier. Let's not forget that the person who said this can almost always be satisfied with gas station chips. No matter what time of day you're traveling, this will always be said.

4. I forgot to pack X.

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You spend months planning your vacation, weeks preparing, and hours packing yet still, without fail, every year someone forgets something! Whether it's your brothers swim trunks, your mom's beach gear, or your diabetes supplies (whoops) you'll probably have to find a store near your vacation spot and purchase whatever item it was you forgot at home.

How close are we// are we there yet??

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Ah the classic. This is the one parents hate the most but we kids can't stop asking. No matter if we've been to the same spot 5 times, we will still always ask how close we are. We can't help it, we're curious! We're mostly just excited to gt there which manifests itself through the incessant questions.

Despite hearing these phrases year after year, we'll ever stop saying them as long we go on family vacations. Overall, I love my family so much and am so grateful for the time we get to spend away from "real life" where we are less stress and nicer to each other in general. Spending this precious time with people I love in a beautiful is worth hearing 1000 " are we there yet's".

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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16 Struggles That Give All Retail Workers Nightmares, Even After They've Worked Their Last Shift

Let's just hope my boss doesn't see this.

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If you haven't worked in retail, count your blessings. This summer will mark my third official retail job, and let's just say I am less than excited to return to the dreaded retail employee lifestyle. There are so many cons that we have to put up with on the daily, is it even worth the minimum wage salary?

1. Waking up every weekday morning before your shift and contemplating whether the money is worth it

"Is dragging myself out of bed worth my cheque of $500 before taxes?"

2. And if you're lucky enough, being blessed with the task of opening

Two words: kill me.

3. Having to fake a smile for the entirety of your shift.

And if that isn't bad enough, having your amazing customers remind you to "smile" while you're internally just trying not to lose your shit.

4. Being stuck with the lazy coworkers on your shift

I don't have time to do my job and also teach you how to do yours. Next.

5. And the worst one of all, dealing with the most absurd questions from your customers

No, I won't give you something for free because you have been shopping here for years. I can give you a store credit card, though.

6. Even worse? Having to listen to the weirdest stories from your customers

I once had a customer narrate her entire infidelity and divorce story to me, and I awkwardly had to sympathize while just trying to print her papers. At one point she reached over the register and tried hugging me. Not a fun time.

7. Being yelled at during rush times when you're trying your best

Yes, lady, I understand the line is long. But you're going to have to wait on it just like everyone else. I'm not going to roll out a special expedited red carpet for you.

8. Explaining something to a customer and receiving the "Can I talk to your manager?" bit every time

Everything I am telling you was taught to me by my, surprise, manager! But I guess the arguing is worth it when we laugh about the whole thing in the break room later.

9. Constantly having to clean up mysterious messes

Maybe it's because my parents raised me better, but whenever I go shopping I try to refrain from making a mess. Customers I have encountered, however, seem to enjoy messing up everything they come in contact with.

10.  I'm sorry that your coupon is expired

I really am. But I guarantee you, no matter how many times I scan your coupon, it will not work.

11.  Customers assuming that you know every damn thing

I once had a customer ask me if I knew who the CEO of my employer was, and when I said no, he told me I needed to do "my research." Yes, thank you, I'll be researching all right — on how to get the heck out of this place.

12.  Not being informed of how much math goes into the job

All the math I have learned, all the way up to Calculus 2, magically disappears from my mind when I'm at the register and need it more than I have ever needed it in my life. Suddenly I don't know how many nickels go in to a dollar.

13.  When customers try getting in despite the very large "CLOSED" sign and locked doors

I promise you, no matter how many times you yank at the door and yell at me to open it, I'm not. It's kind of entertaining watching you go at it, though.

P.S. We are required to log off all cash registers immediately after the set closing time, so there is no point of even trying to get in. You can't buy anything.

14.  Having to stay over your designated shift

Once I was forced to do a 12-hour shift without being informed of prior because one of my coworkers decided to call out "sick." She also ended up getting fired the following week, but I'mma sip my tea.

15.  Talking crap about your workplace with your favorite coworkers

You'll be surprised as to how quickly people can bond over annoying customers and shitty bathrooms. Having great coworkers honestly makes working a billion times more tolerable.

16.  The time we dream about all day and look forward to impatiently: when your shift is finally over

Once I clock out and my uniform is off, I am also mentally clocked the fuck out. Whatever chaos is happening is not my problem. Good luck to those clocking in, though.

If you work in retail, kudos to you, because honestly we're really forced to deal with the worst shit on a daily basis, there is no escape. And if you haven't worked in retail, perhaps this helps you gain insight on our nightmarish lives — so if you're mean to your cashiers, cut it out.

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