I’ve got the glow. The family-vacation-went-better-than-expected glow.
Like childbirth narratives, vacation memories are subject to reinvention. Instead of recalling the intermittent pain of persuading four genetically related, stubborn humans to agree on everything from meals to water play, I only remember the laughter and bonding – togetherness times ten.
Our family memories will last a lifetime.
My vacation-induced glow, however, will last only until we step through our front door. That’s when the real fun starts.
If you’re like me, the overwhelming affection you feel toward your loved ones and the relaxed vacation joie de vivre last just long enough to survive the trip home.
Once real life intervenes, the vacation glow peels off like a wet tankini, leaving piles of laundry, kids with no bedtimes, and sunscreen-induced acne behind.
I’m a great vacation mom – my yeses outweigh my nos ten to one. Want to eat gummy bears for breakfast? Again? Sure. Just be sure to wash them down with fruit punch. You best stay hydrated. Not shower for a week? Who cares! Lake water is clean enough. Jump head first off a floating trampoline? Why not? You’ll learn to swim on the way up.
Once home, I’ll have to slay the monsters I created. Or send them to your house.
“How can we keep this vacation going and enjoy these last few weeks before school starts?” my husband said.
“We can ditch the kids and jet off to Bermuda for the rest of the month,” I said. “Right now I’m feeling relaxed and loving and up for anything. The second we get home, I promise to be a raving bitch.”
And so it will be. God help us all.
How do you keep that vacation state of mind going once you return home? Is the transition home after a vacation hard for you – or is it just me?