#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Holiday

Growing up, we didn’t always celebrate the traditional holidays with family. We often lived too far away. I think that lifestyle has made it easier to deal with COVID restrictions and separations.

On the other hand, we had a lot of holidays in the other sense of the word. We took vacations all the time. Plus, because we lived in a lot of different places, we got to visit the attractions and sights in each of those areas. When we lived in San Diego, for example, we went to SeaWorld, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the San Diego Zoo.

Zenova Cook Hahn and Desa Auriette Hahn at a petting zoo.
Mom and me at a petting zoo, probably in Southern California, circa 1968. Maybe it’s the San Diego Zoo. If you recognize the location, please let me know in the comments.

For many years, we went camping at least once a month. When I was really little, we had a tent and a station wagon. Later, we had a travel trailer, then a motorhome, then a bigger motorhome. Any time we traveled between duty stations or if my dad had a school somewhere for a few weeks, we would stay in the trailer or camper.

As we traveled, we sang songs or played games. When we camped with the Good Sam Club, there were always games to be played – Jarts or horseshoes or UNO around the table. We had potluck dinner on Saturday night, and sometimes we’d gather for a few hymns on Sunday morning.

As a child, I got pretty jaded by all the traveling. Mom says my attitude was “seen one mountain, seen ’em all.” I got over that later. In 1987, we drove out to California, my mom and I, so I could attend a Star Wars convention. On the way, we drove through Saguaro National Park, and I stopped repeatedly to take photos of different cacti. To this day, every time I see a Saguaro cactus in a movie or TV show, I have to point out that they don’t grow arms until they’re at least 75 years old.

My husband’s not much of a traveler. His childhood vacations in a car with two siblings wasn’t quite the same as my only-child travels in an RV. He hates to be in the car, but he doesn’t want to stop at every roadside attraction, either. We’ve only been on a handful of holidays since we’ve been married. I hope once this pandemic passes, perhaps we can give traveling another try.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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2 Responses to #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Holiday

  1. Eilene Lyon says:

    We also moved (with the Army) when I was growing up and camped and traveled in the summers. I still enjoy road trips and other travels, but have become very rooted in my adopted hometown. I hope you and your husband find a way of traveling that will suit you both. We’ve had to make some compromises, and sometimes I just go by myself.

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