We had an inauspicious beginning to summer vacation, a day marred by rain, rain, rain.
Also, the kids were crabby. I can’t remember why they were crabby, just at this moment, but they were. Wait: it’s coming back to me. M spent the night at a friend’s house, so the first day of summer began with J by herself. I asked her how she’d like to start vacation. Her First Day Of Summer Wish was modest:
she wanted to walk to Breugger’s for a bagel for breakfast. Of course I complied: after all, the first day of summer vacation comes but once a year. But deep down, I was thinking about how the walk to get a bagel was unlikely to be over in time to let me go to my beloved Medicine Ball-Pilates class. Ever-(overly) optimistic, I changed into my workout clothes and walked around in public like that, thinking I might be able to do both. But no: my phone pinged a “starts in half an hour” reminder while we were still lingering over oozing cream cheese. And I’ll admit it: part of me was just bitter. Like, welcome to summer, where my children’s needs take precedence over my own all day, just like when they were toddlers. Which totally isn’t fair. I could have said no. But I wanted to be a loving and kind mother. And so I was a loving, kind, and bitter mother. Which is almost as good.
At one of my first days at the pool I settled in with a magazine, and thought to myself, “There! That’s better!” And then, guess what happened?
That’s right: a bird pooped on me. Insert sad trombone sound here.
What else? Well, we’ve had a lot of greasy bar food lately (these smothered waffle fries brought to Ship’s Pub, which was actually pretty tasty).
You know why, right? I’ll give you a hint:
Yep, World Cup! And in case you’re wondering, we are sad about yesterday, but still glad that they made it out of the Group of Death. And also, the USA getting knocked out only marginally decreases the World Cup enthusiasm in our family, so there will be more wings in our future. I promise to follow up this rather whiny post with some actual activities that we’ve been doing. Coming soon.