Spring Break With Family Day By Day

I’m sure somewhere out there, there are parents who cherish every second their child is home.  They take days off of work to spend time with them, spoil them until they leave, or go on extravagant getaways.  Whatever your parents do when you get home, they obviously want you there.  Why would they play for your ticket if they didn’t want you home?

Before I always go home, I get excited.  I finally get out of the campus bubble and get to sleep in a bed that’s not three feet from the ground and I get to shower without flip- flops.  My parents are always extremely excited too.  Somehow, both parties forget about how we felt towards each other the last time I visited for the holidays.  This forgetting is what I call the “Child is home” high.  For me I call it the “Allie high”.   And it usually goes something like this:

Day 1: The “Child is home” day

There’s nothing bug hugs and love on this day.  Your grades don’t matter, you can act tired, and sometimes, you might just get a welcome home hug from your siblings if you’re lucky.  Your parents surprise you by bringing the dog (the only family member you really missed anyways) when they said they couldn’t and you might even get to pick the meal that night.  Everybody’s happy, everybody keeps bringing up how that night is special because of your presence, and they just can’t get enough of you.

Day 2: The “Let’s go see my friends’ day”

Usually my goal is to keep my parents in the “Allie high” as long as possible.  So maybe a day out at the beginning will add more good days to the end.  They don’t ask where you’re going, don’t care that you’re going to see your boyfriend that you met at school that they’ve never met and might even throw you a 20 on your way out.  And returning home isn’t so bad because they ask how your day was and then you go to sleep.  All fun and games right?

Day 3: The “We have another pair of hands in the house.”

Wrong.  Luckily, you made it back just in time to get a piece of the chores list.  There’s so much to do and for some reason, the weird chores come back, probably just to keep it equal.  You might be wondering what a weird chore is.  Think “wipe doggy nose prints from all windows.”  Not exactly wash all windows, specifically the places that your puppy presses against the glass to make sure none of the boys, neighbors or mailmen are trying to destroy your house.  You also might have siblings in school during the week, you being home however makes vacuuming the house at 1:30pm on a Tuesday a “thing”.  The moto: “if you have time to sleep, you have time to clean.”

Day 4: The “Wait but she’s home” Day

The high has partially returned and that one thing you wanted to do with your mother since before you left for the first semester finally happens.  You spend hours together eating dinner and ice cream, her teaching you what you need to know and laughing.  It’s all fun and games and you start to forgive yourself for wanting to stay on campus during break.  Your mother appears to be cool.

Day 5: The “Your mother is not cool anymore” Day

If you weren’t counting down the days since you stepped foot in the house, you’re counting them now.  The high is over and you are something that is taking up space that can’t have alone time because “if you have time to sleep, you have time to clean.”  You’ve officially been looked at as just another child.  Those chores become all yours, your parents started keeping tabs on you, seeing your friends is considered a luxury and the 10am wakeup calls are starting to get to you simply because the only alone time you get to watch your shows is from 11pm until 2am.

Day 6: The “realization day” Day

This day has probably been mixed in with the others but it’s definitely hitting you hard.  All of a sudden staying in your empty dorm room on your empty campus eating nothing but ramen noodles for a week doesn’t sound so bad at all.  In fact, no bedtime and lots of you time sounds pretty fabulous.

Days 7-9: The “What is real life?” Day

You have a 10 day break?  Not so much.  You didn’t make it.  These days don’t exist, not to you.  They’re a blur.  Mentally at least.  Physically you’re walking, mumbling, eating and functioning.  Your brain on the other hand is slowly growing to the point where it might explode.  And slowly growing to the point where you’re okay with it exploding.

Day 10: The “Parents Realization” Day

Well you made it, and God only knows how.  And your parents get upset.  You get your favorite breakfast, they help you get your things to the car, and you have a nice ride to the airport talking only of stories, and what you’ll do between this trip home and the next.  Your whole family hugs you goodbye and might even shed a few tears.  And you might even shed a few yourself.

Day 1 back on campus:

Roommate: So how was your break”

You: “My family drove me just enough psychotic to never want to go home again, you?”

Roommate: “My parents took off from work and we went shopping and we spent a week in Florida.”