My kids are going to camp this summer. For a week each. For most of that week, they will be at their respective camps at the same time.
What am I going to do without them?
Seriously, I had no idea.
I generally go to bed at 10PM, unless the spin cycle takes a little longer than normal and I have to wait for it to finish before starting the dryer.
Being a modern mother, I took my query about “Summer Fun Without the Kids” to Facebook and was reminded just how dumb I am really quickly.
Here is the top five list of how to fun without the kids in this summer:
Given that sleep is the third most important thing in my life (after the kids and the dog), it’s amazing that I did not see summer camp as an opportunity to sleep more. There will be no lunches to pack, no breakfasts to prepare, no days to organize except my own. I can probably lie around until 7:30 every single work day.
Alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study confirms that a glass of red wine every evening, or a pint of vitamin-rich beer, can add years to one’s lifespan. And yet it’s often hard to fit in time to drink when you’re a parent. I don’t mean during those few, precious years when younger elementary school children are in bed by 9:00 and you have a full hour to sling back a glass while the washer is running. By the time kids are 9 or 10 years-old, getting them into bed is harder and harder. Not only is there the forgotten homework assignment, but the worried re-count of an argument with a friend, or tales of the brat in class who is disrupting everyone’s learning, can only be told immediately before it is time to close the book and shut off the light. And 12 to 14 year-olds with their constant campaigns to stay up until 11PM? They make you need that drink all the more while making it less likely that you will be awake and aware long enough to even find the corkscrew.
Plus, and this is the part that bothers me most, kids are so judgmental. One bottle of wine between four adults at the dinner table and suddenly you’re listening to a grade five health class lecture about the dangers of drinking, the importance of making healthy choices and the perils of peer pressure.
- Meeting friends
“We should do lunch,” and “we’ll meet for coffee” are both phrases that we throw about with the complete knowledge that we will never have time to actually act upon them. Except, I will have a whole week. It means, instead of sending a text or a Facebook message to my friends, I could actually call them.
Except, I might not because of point 4.
- Spend time alone
YOU WILL GET TO BE ALONE, was the all caps shout that appeared on my Facebook post.
“What do you think books were meant for?” several other friends asked.
I used to read. I used to be able to do all kinds of things by myself that aren’t the dishes or laundry.
- Enjoy the quiet
Time alone is such an impossible achievement for so many parents, that it is quite forgivable to forgot that it exists. As for this thing called quiet, there is something unicorn-like about it. I will report back this autumn to let you know if it is a myth or not.