and not because St. Patty's Day is coming up. It is just plain amazing to me that so many people are taking cruises, and spending spring breaks at beaches, etc. I just received an e-mail from a co-room parent in my son's class asking me if I could send out reminder notices for the upcoming carnival at the school...because she's busy packing for Disney...um, okay?
A very close friend just told me they decided to go on a cruise for their summer vacation. Their son is graduating from high school so they decided to spend $$$$$$$$$$$$ to take their family of 5 on a 9 day cruise.
Another close friend also is cruising it this summer. Her older daughter is graduating from college, and her second daughter is graduating from high school, and they thought it would be "fun" to do a cruise. They invited us along. Hmmm, $2000.00 per person. We come as a tribe of 6....$12,000? I don't think so.
Another e-mail came in today from a longtime friend. She said that she's so sorry it took so long to get in touch, she wants to get together for dinner but not until she gets back from Florida for the week. Her daughter just got back from a cruise with friends, and her other daughter is taking a trip to the Florida Keys with her friends.....
And these are just a few (there are plenty more, believe me) Now, I truly don't begrudge any of them. Good for them that they can go, and afford it too! (At least, I think they can afford it???) But I truly am amazed at how many people are spending THOUSANDS of dollars on these vacations.
So, if there is truly a recession coming, you would never know it by my friends, or from most of Northern Virginia.