The two men most important to me (my husband and my son) have abandoned me and my daughter. Apparently there is something nearer and dearer to their hearts than we are.

I’m just kidding.

They’re off on a manly bonding adventure. To Kansas City.

Isn’t that where all men go for manly things to do?

I know, I know. You’re thinking barbecue. Or, you’re thinking we’re Italian, there is a large Italian community there, so we must have family there.

Wrong on both counts.

They’re there for the Baseball All-Star Game.

My son is so excited. They have great seats for the celebrity game, the home run derby, and the all star game itself. I’d tell you where to look for them on television, but you don’t know what they look like.

So what are my daughter and I going to do? We’ll be like Cinderella, of course. Cleaning and scrubbing and washing for their triumphant return.


I mean, of course some tidying will need to be done in their absence. I’m not a heathen. But if they’re on vacation, why shouldn’t we be, too?

My daughter had her purse packed the second they left the driveway. She has her route planned through the different malls she wants to hit for every day they’re gone. That’s right. Different malls every day.

I was thinking facials, manicures… she’s thinking BOGOs and clearance racks. And some high end stores thrown in to balance out her haul. (She just had a birthday. She’s ready to go.)

When the cat’s away the mice will play. And when the men are away, the ladies will shop.


4 Responses

  1. I agree. I was looking forward to both my time with my little girl (who really isn’t little anymore) and my husband getting time alone with my son. Given the ridiculous hours he works, they never get alone time, and I think that’s pretty important, especially given my son’s age. This time goes so quickly, so far the years have already gone too fast; we need to embrace life and live it for all it’s worth.

    I’m in no rush for October, but when it gets here, I hope you enjoy your time with your daughter.

  2. I know your hubby and son are having a great time – what an adventure. But the best part is the time each of you get to spend with your children alone. Precious – and it goes so fast. That may sound like a cliche but it’s so true. Once they are involved in serious relationships (which is a great thing), those alone times are rare. I’m excited that my daughter is coming to visit me in October for 10 days all by herself. I’m sure we’ll be hitting our share of shops as well as just sitting and talking and generally being two “girls” together for a short time.

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