Only the Souvenirs are Different

By Michael

This morning, Susan dropped off her souvenirs from yesterday’s family adventure:: three $5 chips from the Indian casino down the road from our place in Arizona. Jill and the girls were in town to visit a high-school friend of Susan’s who just had a baby. i was here on a business trip.

For the past few days, we’ve shared the same home and enjoyed the easy flow of conversations and laughter that make Stephanie and Susan the kind of people we’d want to spend time with even if they weren’t ours. Last night, we were a nuclear family again, without those icky boys to get in the middle of things. I like the boys, but sometimes I miss the four of us as a group.

We went for dinner at a new restaurant at the casino and then spent a few hours together at a blackjack table. The hours drifted into the morning and we didn’t roll into the garage until 3:15. Today, we went shopping together to harvest tonight’s dinner and there’s a wild evening of Scattergories or Uno in our late-night plans.

Tomorrow, I head off on the next leg of my business trip and the girls return to their independent lives in Chicago. Today, though, is just like the old days. Susan brought home some red chips instead of a Disney hat, of course. Other than that, though, nothing has changed.

Michael Rosenbaum is 5 Minutes for Parenting’s first dadblogger. He is a business consultant, playwright and author of Your Name Here: Guide to Life.

Michael blogs on life issues at Your Name Here Guide to Life and manages the Adult Conversation discussion group on Linked-In.

9 Responses to Only the Souvenirs are Different
  1. […] Only the Souvenirs are Different […]

  2. Kelly
    July 20, 2010 | 7:17 pm

    Michael, I so appreciate your father-down-the-road perspective on parenting here at 5MP. It’s always enlightening (for me, anyway) and a breath of fresh air to hear what’s up ahead.

    (I look forward to meals with my kids when I don’t have to cut up food or stop a tantrum.)

  3. Michael
    July 20, 2010 | 10:12 pm

    Glad I’m not so far down the road that they have to cut up MY food. Ah, something to look forward to one of these days.

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