Hot Summers Day (The Long Drive Home)

Off to the beach.
Roads full of traffic.
Cars pulled to the side.
Bonnets up - probably over heating!
Dads scratching heads glaring at the engine.
The recovery services turn up!
Cars with boats behind,
canoes on roofs,
bikes on roofs and hanging behind,
groaning roof boxes,
more inside,
motor homes full of stuff!
Huge motor homes pulling little cars! wonder they all break down!
Queues for the carpark tickets,
Some people with no change!
"Can I pay with my phone?"
Suncream and sandals.
Deckchairs and wind breaks.
Bodies barbecuing on the beach.
Young kids in sun hats slathered in suncream.
Mums in bikinis,
Dads in their favourite football shirts.
Beer in the cool box.
Sandwiches bought from the petrol station 'cos someone forgot to make some.
Crisps and bottles of 'pop'.
Ice creams later,
and cold bottles of water,
... for a price!
Dad moans.
Arcades on piers - more expense!
Kiss me quick fish 'n' chip donkey rides.
Fun-fair candy floss slot machine arcades.
Noodles and inflatable plastic rings and floats and boats
and those shove-ha'penny machines where you always loose!
Later, mums with sun burnt shoulders.
Dads sat in deckchairs,
dreading the long drive home!

...oh the long drive home!

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