Last week we redefined the word “togetherness.”
Truthfully, our family bonding overload had less to do with me putting family first, and more to do with me feeling guilty about sending Maya off to summer camp mere minutes after relocating to a new city.
In any case, since Maya needs to be occupied - at all times - there has been little rest for the weary. Or the fasting.
- We visited Best Buy (Ali’s idea of fun) where Maya and I learned about the importance of HDMI inputs. While there, Ali researched and finally purchased a Smart TV. (I have yet to figure out how it differs from any other TV – except that I feel less smart when I use it.)
- We went to Central Park (Maya’s idea of fun) where a kid threw Maya’s water bottle in the sand and then called her a name. (Apparently annoying kids live on both coasts.)
- We spent hours at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, West Elm, and CB2 (nobody’s idea of fun but necessity demanded these trips). While there, we debated the benefits of vinyl versus cloth shower liners and square plates versus round plates. (Note: My refusal to pack basics like dishes bit me in the a@#, just as I knew it would.)
By the weekend we were all sick of each other. One rain filled visit to Lincoln Center, a few tears, and several sarcastic comments later, I finally stepped in and put a stop to family time.
We came home, I Googled away, and minutes later I’d enrolled Maya in two weeks of intensive ice skating.
(My idea of fun. And the best idea of the week.)