The countdown has reached launch! Two of three teenagers have taken off and landed safely into their grandparents hands. The third leaves next Wednesday for a week! Unfortunately, there seems to be a potential hurricane brewing in the Gulf. Not a great way to start their vacation away from home, but I know they’ll be safe in my parent’s house. I have no doubt it will become an adventure of some sort.
I wonder if they are relieved to not be here. Probably. In Houston, they will be spoiled, fed beyond all reason, and have a lot of activities. Here, we don’t go out much and stock our pantry with only ingredients to make food—no pizza rolls, pop tarts, or frozen chicken fingers. I will not worry in the least how much sugar and carbs they consume on their vacation. I will not worry if they brush their teeth for the entire three weeks. And, I will not worry if they stay up late and sleep all day. In the hands of my family, they are golden and I don’t have to witness any of it of the debauchery.
We still have no kid-free plans overall, but it’s nice to know we could fly to Rome at a moment’s notice. Our only venture planned so far is a Rolling Stones concert in Jacksonville—and that’s something! We also get to feed our book fetish while there at Chamblin’s Bookmine—which I can say is almost as exciting that the concert. Call me weird, but we like our books.
The summer days have been consistently rolling by as they always seem to do. Most of our time off is spent relaxing by the pool. That, combined with our healthier eating and my Yoga, we are looking tan and more slender. Overall, I’d call that a good summer.
Teenage Summer Expectations:
Summer at our house has no doubt been a huge let down for our daughter. There is a misconception all three of our teenagers have always had: everyone is on summer vacation. There is a blatant disregard for the notion parents have to work. The word they would use is inconceivable. And, it does mean what you think it means. They don’t seem to be able to comprehend all of this around them works because we do. During the summer, more food is consumed and more cleaning needs to be done. They have nothing but time, but it dwindles as they waste away the day.
Don’t get me wrong, now is when time can be wasted. Sleep a little more. Catch up on those tv shows you missed. Play all those video games you begged to play during the school week. Do nothing if that is what you want. Just don’t complain. Don’t wait for parents to make your day more entertaining. Also, try not to shoot down every idea we have while rolling your eyes and falling to the couch in an exasperated slump.
Before school ended, our daughter literally counted down the days until summer vacation. Now, counting would probably be considered school work. Fortunately, she's headed to Houston to spend time with her grandparents and cousins for three weeks!
This is the REAL countdown and we have thirteen days to go. Two of our three kids are going and we cannot wait! The oldest has a job and can only go for a week, but he's at work most of the time anyway. Oddly enough, three weeks was the kid's idea and the best one they have every summer. How will we fill our time, you ask? I’ll tell you.
We go on road trips, to theme parks, shopping, and entertain our every whim. Kidding. Mostly. We enjoy the quiet. We clean the house fewer times a week. We cook whatever we want without having to hear, “No thanks. I don’t like that.” We go to the grocery store far less—and, we don’t wonder who ate all of our favorite snacks. Stress levels are down, as well as our electric and water bill. Most importantly, we enjoy our time alone—no interruptions.
Will I miss them? The answer is yes and no. Yes, because I enjoy the banter and laughter in the house. No, because I know they are having fun, getting spoiled, and spending time with family they don’t get to see very often. The best part is they won’t complain of being bored. They will go outside despite the summer heat. They will be game for whatever suggestions are made. Unfortunately, they will not be reading. We pick our battles.
I am a woman-child at heart; continuously evolving to find my place in life. I am a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I am a lover and a dreamer--an explorer and a traveler. But it's my passion for writing that allows me to explore my ingenuity. This is something that undoubtedly carries over to the many roles that make up the ever evolving woman I am.