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Rest vs. routine July 20, 2010

Posted by paulstella in Uncategorized.

Austin and me enjoying our voyage on the Maid of the Mist

There’s just something about two full weeks of vacation. We all know it—one week is never adequate. But by the end of my second week, I was ready for a return to the routine.

I wasn’t completely certain how this one would go. After all, this was my first opportunity to incorporate the ‘teenager factor’ into my summer vacation equation. But, for the most part, it worked—thanks largely to the fact that my clock is wired completely different from Austin’s.

I am not a morning person by nature. But I have grown to love the mornings, so I made a point to get up fairly early each day. The serenity of suburbia in the summertime is best served with breakfast—or in my case a pot of coffee and an English muffin drenched in peanut butter. For the most part, I sit in my sunroom or outside on the patio—and I listen to nature’s symphony.

Austin has no problem sleeping through the symphony since, in most cases, he had gone to bed (or fallen asleep on the couch) only a few hours earlier. There was a time I felt guilty about letting him sleep too late, but I’m over that. Some days I didn’t wake him up until it was just about time for him to go to work. Often I’d spend this time on yard work—or floating in the pool.

Waiting in line for the Ride of Steel at Darien Lake. Yep, that's an earring. Took him to get his ears pierced during vacation too.

But there was still plenty of time to spend together—including a day riding the roller coasters at Darien Lake and another day spent exploring Niagara Falls, which was a far different scene from Austin’s first visit there last New Year’s Day. Our highlight from the Falls was a voyage on the Maid of the Mist. What a thrill! Looking up at such an amazing force of nature can truly take your breath away.

While I very much enjoyed my time away from work, I do confess some degree of stress and frustration. Austin still relies on my heavily as he continues his transition. Free from school for the summer, and with few friends at his disposal, there are not many opportunities for socialization. I had hoped his job might fill the void, but so far that’s not proven to be the case.

I get concerned that Austin waste way too much time on his PlayStation when he could be outside—doing SOMETHING. Other parents of teenagers tell me this is normal. It helps hearing that, and I remind myself that Austin’s circumstances are far from typical. As a result, I do try to cut the kid some slack, but not too much. I want so desperately for him to realize his potential.

So another vacation is in the books, but there is still plenty more summer to be enjoyed. Let’s see how long it takes me though to start whining about my restlessness with the routine.

Looking up toward the Canadian side from the Maid of the Mist

Here's how it looks from above

It's a sight that just never gets old



1. Maureen - July 21, 2010


It sounds like you and Austin had a great time at the Falls. No matter how many times I have been there, I am always in awe of the power and beauty of nature. I hope that you and Austin have a wonderful summer!

2. Tracy Davidson - July 23, 2010

Lots like you boys had a great time.

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