The Cape was only a summer spot when I was growing up. Dad always took vacation in August and that was really the only time that we "went" away. Spring break, or Easter break Dad was working,, as a Pastor of an Evangelical Baptist church Easter was (and still is) a big part of our lives and part of our church life. In the Fall it was always the start of school, and marching band, and fall youth retreats, and before you knew it, it was winter. But over the past years my son and I have had the pleasure of traveling to the Cape and surrounding areas over the spring break period. When most others have packed it in and headed south, the son and I have packed it on and headed north. First why go were everyone else is and also it's a lot less expensive to go where not everyone is headed. (Dad is not a dumb as he looks).
I know I have touched on this before, but the times you take with your children, or kids, do make a lasting impression. Although my Dad and I did not take get away trips, what he did do what take me out golfing, when school was not happening we rode bikes together. While in school Dad (not my mother) would go on field trips with us, and as part of the youth group Dad would make a point to come with us and spend time running around the amusement park with me and ride the rides that no one else would go on. While on vacations Dad would take me fishing and golfing, and we would get a surrey and go riding up and down Old Wharf Road and everyplace in between that and Lower County Road.
Anyway with spring popping it's head out it's time to plan those get aways. Dad's these get aways are not just for you and the sons, but you and your daughters as well. Time away using the Cape as your base for a spring get away can be a time building memories that will never go away. When was the last time you and your kids took a couple of get away days that included a climb to the top of Pilgram's Monument. I showed my 19 year old Dad could still do the climb. When was the last time you just walked the beach with one of your kids looking for shells. Over the years I have been able to these things. When was the last time you went to the beach with your kid to fly a kite, or walk the streets of Chatham ending up somewhere to get ice cream or chocolates. My Dad, may not have taken the 3 - 5 vacations a year, but my Dad did set aside time to be with me. And when we were at the Cape Dad made the most of our time that we could to be with me and do things together with me.
So what have you done with your child lately. And when was the last time you took your child to Cape Cod, to just explore and spend time growing together. For your older adults what about you taking time with your grandkids and giving them an experience of your time. I can not express enough what both my Father and my Father in law have instilled in my son. And also my Mother and Step Mother and my Mother in law have instilled with my daughter. Sometimes words can not do justice of what these times mean not only to my kids but to us as parents as well.
Well enough for now, and as spring and summer approach make time to take time to spend time with your kids and grand kids. Well if someone would please check the oil in the Lighthouse lamp and be sure it's full and burning bright, so as soon as that day comes that I can make that move to call the Cape my home.
As most of you who read regularly I'm not the biggest cake person in the world. I would much prefer a great fruit pie or an occasional cream pie. But this next recipe is one that I do enjoy and could enjoy more then just one piece. So if your in for a tasty good and easy to make cake, have a little fun and mix this one up, and please don't skimp on the good stuff, and yes this is straight from my Mother in Law.
This weeks recipe: Rum Cake
- One package Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake mix
- One package Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding (Small size)
- 1/2 cup Rum
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 eggs
Grease and flour bundt cake pan. Line bottom with 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional). Mix ingredients for two minutes. Back at 325 for 50 to 60 minutes. Take out of oven and immediately pour glaze over cake.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Rum
Boil butter, sugar, and water. Add rum just before pouring over hot cake. Cool in pan 30 minutes tan invert onto cake plate.