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Quality Time — No Kids Allowed

Monday, 28 July 2008

Do you miss them?


Do you feel guilty that you don’t miss them?


Are we bad parents?


On the way back from brunch, PC and I had the above conversation. Thanks to a very kind offer from The Parental Giraffes, PC and I were relieved of all parental duties for 48 blissful hours. A bit over 48 hours given that DadGiraffe took them to camp this morning 🙂

To the best of our recollection, this was the first substantial amount of child-free time we’ve had since before Peach was born. And he’s 15 months old. That is a long time. A very long time.

We didn’t go away. We didn’t buy the bedroom furniture we’d been putting off for the past 12.5 years. We didn’t get to the movies as threatened. Heck, we didn’t even watch the movie we rented.

So what DID we do?

We slept. After nine years of sleep deprivation, we slept and woke only when our circadian rhythms gently moved us to consciousness. And we ate when we wanted to eat. Where we wanted to eat.

We were silly. And serious. And ridiculous. And even somewhat productive (much to my chagrin!). But most importantly, we were just us.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Risa permalink
    Monday, 28 July 2008 12:22 pm

    All parents need time for themselves. You’re lucky.

  2. Monday, 28 July 2008 12:45 pm

    There is no substitute for sleep.

  3. Frume Sarah permalink
    Monday, 28 July 2008 1:38 pm

    Risa — yes we are and we know it!!! The ‘rents are taking a week in Mexico to recover!?!

    (Actually, that trip was already planned, but they are REALLY happy that they get to recuperate on the beach!)

    Jack — you are so right. Sleep deprivation is a powerful thing. In a scary, scary way. I wish there was a Big Huge Sleep Bank with the ability to make withdrawals and deposits. Alas…

  4. Karen permalink
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008 4:22 am

    Mazel Tov! While jealous at first, I am about to become an empty nester at 44. My daughter is back to school in upstate NY (a college senior) and my 14 yo son is off to the American Hebrew Academy in NC. I live in VA. I guess when it is “permanent” I am more nervous than excited. Could dating be on the horizon LOL If you need a get away near DC….I have plenty of room!!!!!

  5. Tuesday, 29 July 2008 4:28 pm

    How nice!

    I think everyone should do that at least a couple of times a year.

  6. Tuesday, 29 July 2008 8:25 pm

    what a joy. good for you!!!!

  7. Wednesday, 30 July 2008 12:36 pm

    Three of our five are away for two weeks. We’re left with the eldest (16) and the youngest (4).

    The. House. Is. SO. Quiet.

    I expected the 4 year old to miss her sisters terribly, but she’s dancing for joy at free access to all the toys.

    Meanwhile, I can’t get used to the echoes. I keep jumping up to see why it’s so quiet…. and then I remember.

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