Friday night’s teen tour pick up was really the unofficial end of my summer of freedom. While there are still three weeks left before school starts, summer as I knew it (and as my son knew it) is now over.
As you already know, my son did a six-week teen tour that had him away Monday through Friday and home on weekends. He was busy exploring places like Boston, Cape Cod, Hershey Park, Amish Country, Lake George, Maine, Montreal, Toronto, Virginia, Williamsburg and New Hampshire. They went to lots of amusement parks, beaches, and local attractions while staying in nice hotels. He made a great group of friends while experiencing the “best weeks of his life.”
Although I checked his location often (he shares his location with me from his phone), I let him live his summer while I did the same.
The phrase, you are only as happy as your child, is so very much valid. Knowing he was happy and safe (I really trusted the staff for this teen tour), I felt so happy AND FREE to enjoy my summer to the fullest extent possible. Even though my son was away at sleep away camp last summer, that was a different experience. Not only was I busy planning a Bar Mitzvah, the overall timeframe was shorter, I didn’t see him on weekends and he didn’t have his phone with him.
As a divorced mom, I felt an extra level of freedom this summer. It’s not so easy for me to get out all of the time or to even attend work events when I have them. I don’t have another parent in the house and honestly, my son does not spend any scheduled time at his dad’s house these days so it’s basically on me to always figure things out. To know my son was so happy while away, I was able to come and go as I pleased without guilt or worrying about the logistics.
My routine fell into a nice place for six weeks. Run -> Work -> Go out. I think on some level, I felt as though I was in my 20’s although I don’t really know for sure since I was married at 23 and had a baby at 25. Is this what life in my 20’s would have felt like?
My friends knew I was on a mission this summer to take full advantage of my freedom. We all basically had the same summer of freedom with our kids away at camp but no one thought I was serious when I said I would be out every night!
I wasn’t letting this last week get away from me either. Even when I was tired Monday night (and it was raining), we went out for dinner. Tuesday I rolled out of the house at the last-minute basically in pajamas for sushi and then Wednesday we went to View.
View has become my favorite outdoor dining spot in the summer.
I am going to miss dining outdoors this winter!
We ordered that Dancing With The Devil brownie dessert I told you about last time we went to View. I must replicate it already at home, I know I can do it! I just have to figure out the ratio of peanut butter cups, Oreo’s and chocolate chip cookies that are packed inside the brownie. This time it seemed like a high amount of peanut butter cups in relation to everything else in there. I am not complaining.
Did I mention we made a stop at Adventureland to ride the new rollercoaster? I last did something like this in 2013. As a parent, there’s something so fun about going to an amusement park as if you are the kid.
We people watched from our table outside by the bar while eating guacamole.
And then it was salad and cauliflower pizza sharing time.
I’m obsessed with this cauliflower pizza.
I made an attempt at returning to normal food shopping at Trader Joe’s. Not so sure I bought much of substance in terms of getting back into the routine of making dinner for my son but I did buy Vodka Sauce for a change.
The weekend is now a blur. My son was home and busy making his own plans which meant coordinating around his schedule. The back to school conversations that needed to happen (like school supplies and volleyball practice) were shot down because he’s not ready to discuss it.
This molten chocolate cake Saturday night did happen though (while my son was off with his friend) so for a brief moment, I still thought it was summer.
For the record, I did not have a bite of that Oreo cheesecake. I don’t like cheesecake! And who orders cheesecake when there is clearly molten chocolate cake on the menu? 🙂
I’m linking up with Meg’s Week In Review , have a great week!
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How many days/ weeks until your kids start school?
Which would you choose: cheesecake or molten chocolate cake?
What are you going to miss most about summer?