Spring Broke by Randy Gatling

April 26, 2018
Spring Broke by Randy Gatling

Spring Break hasn’t really been the same since being in school. There’s really not a “spring break” once you start adulting until you have school-age children. Then you have to take a leave from work to coincide with your children’s Spring Break. Being that I have a 3-year-old, this doesn’t apply to me yet.

But, since April 15, 2012, Spring Break is now for me “Spring Broke!” That was the day I married the love of my life; consequently, during every spring, I now plan on being broke! As I am currently ending a 2-week-long vacation for our anniversary, I’ve never been so excited to get back to work! We don’t celebrate holidays or birthdays, so our anniversary is kind-of a big deal.

I try to do it up through grand gestures (as far as my pockets can carry), gifts, and doing more than the usual, which leaves me worn out and…broke! But, I’m okay with that. Many people aren’t as fortunate, so I am very appreciative for what we have and the ability to finagle this little bit of change to be able do what we do.

I am anticipating the time when we will be as the rest of the “normal” parents who take their week with their kids doing “kids’ stuff” and filling his childhood with memories, memories similar to my own. For now, I anticipate this: the time when my Spring Break will consist of my going broke to create lasting memories for my child.

About the Author

Randy is an active father and husband residing in Portsmouth, Virginia. When he is not watching “Curious George” with his toddler, he can be found meditating. In his tiny bit of spare time, Randy does 30-second dance parties and belts out off-key tunes. Visit to see some of his artistry!

Spring Broke by Randy Gatling

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  • Gloria Hart April 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I remember the times not only Spring Broke, Fall broke, Winter and Summer broke just to make ends meet.Yes you and my dear daughter is very fortunate to only worry about Spring Broke.I love the blog.

    • Mea April 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thank you so much!