It certainly didn’t take long to go from mostly carefree near 50-year-old with kids away at camp to being back in the dad business. It really took just a couple of hours before the chauffeur’s hat was out and juggling of plans was on – and the initial toll was a night’s sleep.
The girls came home from what both have called their best summer ever at camp. 15.0 had her trip to the Pacific Northwest and 12.5 had her trip to Washington DC (she returns to the nation’s capitol in the fall with school). 15.0 also completed her lifeguard certification at camp while 12.5 matched a camp record for bulls-eyes on the archery field (who knew)?
There were tons of stories as we sat down for pizza (as we usually do) after they got off the bus – and lots to share. The girls had their adventures, I had mine Saturday doing the Long Island Tough Mudder. We got home and they saw some of the changes in the house and went about unpacking the stuff they brought on the bus.
Then came the shout down the stairs:
“Padre,” 15.0 called out. “Can you take me to my friend’s house?”
And so it goes. About two hours later came the text, “Is it OK if we go to another friend’s house?” Now the second friend wasn’t out with the gang because she’s battling a strep throat. So I shared how I thought it would be a bad idea. I was over ruled.
While 15.0 was out, I got an email from the head soccer coach of the girls program at the high school. She now has training workout Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Along with that she has a mandatory meeting for Camp Good Grief volunteers on Wednesday evening.
In the meantime, 12.5 has plans with one of her best friend’s today, softball practice on Thursday evening and both have dress shopping for 12.5’s bat mitzvah on Friday and Saturday.
A stark reminder the carefree summer days are over. I can understand why sleep was so hard to come across last night. And my sore legs are a stark reminder of the physical challenge of the Tough Mudder Saturday. The signs are up, the lights are on – I’m back in the dad business, again.