After awhile any job begins to wear your spirit down a little; it’s inevitable. Just try to imagine 13 years serving the unwashed masses! It has however, left me with some wisdom and insight on the human condition.
As a bellman you tend to see the same items on your cart, day after day – Lulu Lemon bags, Coach bags, pillows from home etc. One item has begun to stand out more than any other, at least as far as I’m concerned. Some modern-day travelers swear they can’t make a trip without their electronic devices, iPads, laptops, the Blackberry and the like.
For most people the can’t-leave-home-without-it item comes in a bottle. Or if you’re feeling real classy, a box.
The most troubling thing about all the booze that flows through the hotel is not the amount, (but there is a lot), it’s the identity of the people who are throwing it back by the gallon.
Is it possible to be a modern-day parent traveling with your family and not be drunk at some point? I’m beginning to wonder.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against drinking, even while traveling. Of course, I don’t consume alcohol but that’s out of consideration for the safety of those around me (The Hook is surly enough sober!).
I have plenty of friends that enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two (to say the least!), but they know enough not to get out of control around their impressionable kids who worship them.
And that’s where the real problem lies.
Being a parent isn’t a job, it’s your identity. You’re entitled to a full life, of course, both with and without the family responsibilities, but don’t lose sight of the importance of a healthy childhood. One drunken row between Mom and Dad on vacation can stay imprinted in a young memory bank forever.
But if we’re willing to give up on teaching our kids moderation, we might as well start them out right.
See you in the lobby, kids…