No Kids for Two Weeks! What Do We Do Now?

No Kids for Two Weeks! What Do We Do Now?

Gamel_potrait_JPEG_150by Steve Gamel

It was a Saturday afternoon and I found myself lying on the bed gazing out the window at the trees swaying in the front yard. Yes, even with all this ridiculous heat, at least there was a breeze. Anyway, my wife was a few feet away hanging up some new clothes when she asked me a simple question.

“What do you want to do with the rest of the weekend?”

In that specific moment, I froze. I looked at her and even she was completely vexed. Our two boys – they are nine and four years old, respectively – were in Houston with grandma and grandpa for two weeks. We still had work to think about during the week, but theoretically, we could do whatever we want – a movie, drinks on the town with friends followed by pancakes at IHOP at 2 a.m.

But neither of us thought of any of those ideas. Faced with total freedom, our minds
went blank.

When you are a parent, you forget what it’s like to not be on kid duty. From the moment you wake up every day – if you are lucky to get a decent night’s sleep with young ones in the house – there is something going on. That could be anything from cleaning up wet bed sheets to getting the kiddos showered and dressed, or mopping a wet floor from the gallon of milk they spilled trying to get breakfast for themselves.

I know, what are they doing getting breakfast for themselves? I honestly don’t know. Please don’t judge!

Truth be told, aside from vacation, I don’t remember being away from either of our children for two weeks. And that’s the problem – the one time we are kid-less and home alone, we don’t know what to do.

You could call friends, which is what we did, but they all have kids. I Googled things to do when your kids are out of the house, and all that came back were helpful tips to help your teenager move out, and articles on when is a good time to kick your teenagers out of the house.

Sure, I took my wife on a few dates. We rented movies, went shopping, et cetera. But it’s amazing how much time there is in a day when you don’t have kids around.
In the end, maybe I shouldn’t be complaining. The kids have a chance to get away from mom and dad and do something fun with their grandparents. Yes, we are bored, but that’s just an opportunity to miss our children that much more.

After all, they are what we live for. And even if it gets a little hectic, apparently we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Until next time, I’ll see you on the sidelines.


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