Now this is something I definitely do not remember having back in school. Maybe some of you can help me out on this. Did we have a week off in February for the sole purpose to go have ourselves a little ski?
I totally do not think so, and anyway I already told all of my Italian friends that there is no freaking way a vacation like this exists in America, but only because I swear I don’t remember a ski week holiday.
Fortunately for my kids I am a very good mom, and being the good mom that I am, I dutifully head up to the mountains for a week. Well okay 2 weeks, but only because I want to be a REALLY good mommy.
We head to the Engadin mountains, a tiny town called Surlej to be exact, which is only 2 and a half hours from Milan by car and very close to St. Moritz,( as in only a 5 minute drive,). Which, among other things happens to be a great place for people watching! I love what people in these parts wear in the mountains! (this includes and rarely excludes very large white or black fluffy furry animals being placed on top of heads and worn like hats )
My kids – like most, could not give an owls hoot if we were in St. Moritz or Tonale. (which is a tiny mountain town that I have been to with my friend Elizabeth, who of course you do not know. )
Anyway, my kids are thoroughly enjoying life in the mountains, I’m talking love, love, loving it! And if you ask them why, do you know what they will tell you? (you don’t because I haven’t told you yet).
My kids will tell you that they ‘LOVE TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS..
BECAUSE IT’S BETTER THAN GOING TO SCHOOL!’
and this really irks me, almost to the point of wanting to make them spend the next 10 years of vacations in mini malls across the U.S of A. scraping bubble gum off the ground, but then I would most likely go to jail for maltreatment of minors, and that would be terrible because all I really want to do is teach them what lucky little buggers they are and there I would be in jail and any chance to ever buy a white fluffy animal thing to put on my head would be shot to hell!
So instead, I decide to explain to them in my best June Cleaver voice that – if they think really hard they might just come up with another reason of what they love about the mountains..
‘ahem,…. hey guys?’