9:30 Wake up
10:00 Breakfast (usually pancakes made by the wife)
11:00 Digestion along with reading a book, watching some kid shows, staring at the ocean, walking on the beach, or blowing bubbles on the deck.
1:30 Lunch (usually purchased at the San Dune bar and grill and always delicious)
2:30 Walk to local park to let the kid play on swings, teeter-totter, climbing structure, etc...
4;00 Trip to local bookstore located 300 yards from the inn.
4:45 Post-bookstore ice cream cone for the whole family
5:00 Painting or coloring with the child
6:00 Dinner (usually prepared by my wife, not because I'm a misogynist, but rather because she is a much better cook than I am. I do the dishes.)
7:00 Head outside to the beach, which is only 20 feet from our deck, with the whole family until the sun goes down.
9:00 Prep the kid for bed, read more, chat
10:00 Kid sleeps
11:00 Adults sleep
REPEAT FOR SEVEN DAYS
Summer Job Diaries by Shannon Keating
This is a fairly brief personal essay about Keating as a 17 year old girl who spends her summers working at a yacht club snack bar. She creates the summer vibe perfectly with her tales of drinking and trying to impress her older co-workers. Throw in a pregnancy scare and it feels like a completely typical summer.
Essay: 9 of 10
Another winner at The Rumpus website. Keating does a wonderful job of shifting the scene between what is going on at work, what is going at home, and what is going on in her head as her period is a week late. She also jumps into the present time during her narrative to add her current voice and perspective. Overall, it is an outstanding personal narrative essay.
Teachability: 0 of 10
Damnit I like this essay but I just couldn't use it in a high school classroom. Too much adult language, too many adult themes, too few adults. It's funny that some of the things the kids would really enjoy and probably relate to just can't be taught in class.