by Lisa Curry
2008 has been quite a year so far. My husband lost his job, and I switched from part-time to full-time employment for the first time in 10 years, so we could keep health insurance. My husband found a new job, but my job remained full-time, because, alas, I haven’t figured out how to make that door swing in the opposite direction – at least not yet. I got to try single parenting for the first time for three weeks in June while my husband was in Germany for his new job. I can’t say I cared for it.
My sons’ regular baseball season began in late March and ended just in time for all-star baseball tournaments in July. Between the two of them, they played 25 baseball games from July 5 to July 24. On July 28, they started football. Football practice is five nights a week from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The coaches say a parent should be present, just in case. (Just in case some kid who outweighs my kid by 50 lbs. tackles him and snaps his little bones?) I don’t get home from work until 6 p.m., so my husband takes them to practice, and I go straight from work to meet them at the field. When we get home from practice, I make dinner, the boys shower, we eat, and we go to bed. I haven’t read a book in months.
If I sound like I’m complaining – and I’m sure I do – I have to admit that life is pretty darn good, if somewhat chaotic. First off, my husband and I have jobs. Good jobs that pay us more than enough to live on. And that’s nothing to take for granted, especially in this economy. Second, we have two happy, healthy, active kids who love sports. Nothing wrong with that, either. As a bonus, we’ve made lots of friends over the years among the parents of their teammates, so we actually enjoy those many hours spent at the baseball and football fields.
Still, I could really use a vacation. And lucky me, I’m getting one. Tomorrow I’ll be digging my toes into the sand of Dewey Beach, Delaware. I have one whole blissful week in which I won’t have to think about work or worry about rushing off to the kids’ practice. One whole blissful week to lie on the beach and relax, refresh, recharge.
And I know where I’m going as soon as we get there. There’s a little book shop just a couple of blocks from our beach rental. It’s called Books & Coffee, and I’m gonna get me some of both. Iced coffee for the beach, of course. Any recommendations for my beach read?