Like so many moms out there, I am a divorced single mother that has to share summers and other holidays with my ex-husband in regards to my son. As a product of divorce myself, I am grateful that even living so far away, the ex is a huge part of my son’s life. While we may not be each other’s favorite person, we co-parent well, and I genuinely like my son’s step-mother. That being said, with Boy Wonder gone for a month at a time during the summer, I honestly feel a bit lost. I should probably be enjoying the silence, but it is deafening at this point. With 12 more days until he gets home, I thought I would ponder the top 8 reasons things are not the same when he is away. Besides just missing him like crazy (these are in no particular order)….
1) I have no one to impress with my mad skills when it comes to Jeopardy.
Boy Wonder definitely thinks his mom could break the record for most Jeopardy wins. (I’ll take Momma’s Boys for $1000 Alex).
2) I have no one to play video games with.
Sure we have one player games, but Super Mario Bros just seems childish when there is no actual child here to play with.
3) Fart jokes over Skype are not as funny.
4) I’m stuck feeding the frogs and turtles.
Ok, so maybe I’m stuck feeding them all the time anyway, but he does it occasionally.
5) The cats are confused.
Even though Flopes ( who is already pissed off because he named her Flopes) is glad he is gone ,she is gonna be so mad when he gets home and takes his side of the couch back. Mischief genuinely misses him and paces nervously by his room. (He may or may not be taunting the turtles as well).
6) Laying out in the pool has become a dangerous past time.
Ok, hear me out on this one. I know I may not have fully appreciated the lack of actual relaxation in the pool with my 8 year old, but at least I never burned. Without Boy Wonder, I have no constant noise and splash to ensure I don’t fall asleep on my raft. Dare I say too much relaxation may give me 2nd degree burns…
7) I have no insect and reptile wrangler to make sure there are no creepy crawlies in the bushes or the filter basket in the pool.
I’m not completely helpless,but I really hate snakes! We have a really big back yard and I have seen a few since he left. (Harmless little black snakes yes, but snakes nonetheless). Also, I am not really ever excited to stick my hand in the filter basket to pull out a critter, that happens to be his favorite past time.
8) Writer’s Block!
With Boy Wonder around, there is no writer’s block. EVER! As a matter of fact, I encourage all writers to have children for that very reason. Kids and their daily antics are a never-ending well from which to pull new writing material. Don’t believe me? Then you must not have kids.
Now that I have shared my reasons, humorous as they may be, let’s all count down together. Starting from today, only 12 more days until Boy Wonder is home and the world can go back to normal. Until then, we will all just hope that the cats wake me up from my slumber in the pool by catching any loose reptiles so I can write about it.