School is out and whether time is spent at the beach or in the backyard, some vacations haven't changed much during the past 75 years.
In June 1939, The Oklahoman invited readers to put to paper their “ideal vacation” and send it in.
On June 25, 1939, Mrs. Roy Becker’s winning letter was published in The Oklahoman.
Here is her ideal vacation along with the editor’s introduction.
“Last week the Sunday Editor asked for — and got — suggestions on how to spend an ideal vacation.
“What he considered the prize winning letter is reprinted here, and a $5 check goes out immediately to Mrs. Roy Becker of Kingfisher.
“Scores of letters were received. Some outlined motor or train or air tours to one or both of the world fairs. Other letters mapped plans for trips to Colorado, to New Mexico, to the Ozarks, to Oklahoma’s own vacation country — the Kiamichis, the Arbuckles, Medicine Park.
“There were suggestions, and proposed budgets, for trips to the northern lake country, to Galveston and New Orleans, in fact to almost everywhere.
“Most of the letters were interesting; most of them had the ring of genuine anticipation. But somehow Mrs. Becker’s letter seemed to bespeak the most enjoyment of all. She isn’t going to spend much if any money. She isn’t going anywhere. But she’s going to enjoy life. Read her letter and see if you don’t agree.
“Telephone muffled, doorbell silenced, family shuffled off for their vacations.
“The scene is now laid for mother’s vacation, trusting that in getting the family away she did not picture too temptingly the freedom and convenience found only at home, lest it evoke in them the impulse to say ‘phooey to the world’s fairs and mountain scenery — we’re staying home, too.’
“Home — your favorite magazines at hand, no planning of meals, no counting of calories, singing in the bathtub (‘Free Ittie Fitties’ is my favorite) any ole time in any ole key — no one to call time — no car trouble — no strange beds — no mosquitoes — no rush to purchase cards with scenery to enlist envy in the hearts of those at home. No dressing for dinner — come to think of it, why dress at all? Vacation!
“Oh, oh rush, of tourists and time, while rest, sweet rest, will be all mine.”
— Mrs. Roy Becker,
a vacationing mother, Kingfisher
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