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Adventures in Parenting #5,623,789
Adventures in parenting #5,623,789
First Big Ten game! Last Parent’s Weekend of a freshman in college for our family. Both are positives.
I don’t mean it wasn’t fun. It was! We met some amazing kids and their parents. Drank “Nat-y Light” beer at 10 in the morning at a frat on the waterfront in gale force winds and rain. We went to a major football game in the same weather. Were cheek to jowel with college kids in basement bars, third floor bars, street level bars. Ate Korean food. Mexican food. American food. Lost track of said freshman for quite a while. Hoped everything was OK. Found her. Asleep. Went to yet another bar. And another. Went back to the hotel…to the bar. It’s hard trying to be a college student these days as a 50 something. Keeping up with the kids is not sustainable. I am. So tired.
I try not to get too personal when writing about my life as it intersects with my family. I mean, I wouldn’t want someone writing about my private moments, would you? But, I do feel that so many of our “private” moments are the same as most people’s “private moments.” As we grow into our “mature” selves we realize this more and more and it’s a comfort.
A mom and I were talking about how much fun being in our 50s is. Why? Because we just aren’t bothered by much these days. Disgruntled, maybe. But, who cares if Suzy got the new home or Sally got a nose job? We care about feeling good. We care about our family and friends. It’s OK to care about what you look like but there is a limit to how much control anyone has over that. My mottos:
Do the best you can with what you got (sic).
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.
And I am a big believer in you make your own luck.
These are all ideas I will explore in greater detail after I recover from this weekend. Pedialyte anyone? I know a few parents who could use some!
What are some things you love to not care about these days?