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FranklyStein: Regrouping in Rhode Island (2)

Last week, we took a break.


We left our crazy life and headed to my parent’s summer home in Rhode Island for a few days.


As soon as I smelled the sea air, my innermost being sighed with relief.


Although I still had to work, we had five days with no activities, no homework and no place to rush off to. And the view from the table where I set up my computer soothed my soul.


But the best part of the trip by far was watching my kids bond. It was just us. There were no neighbors to play with, no friends, no cousins. There weren’t many people at all in the small seaside community at this time of year. So they were forced to play with each other, and they did.


They played cards and board games. They went off on their bikes together. They played laser tag (which the Easter Bunny put in their baskets). They made up games, spoke in funny accents and laughed a lot.


Here’s a picture of everyone playing “who can keep their feet in the ice cold water the longest.”


When they weren’t playing together, they paired off. Maggie, 13, with Adam, 11 and Lilly, 11, with Jonah, 7. Maggie and Adam don’t talk much at home, but in Rhode Island, they found things they had in common. And Lilly has a knack for cajoling Jonah out of a foul mood and finding fun games to entertain him. It was truly heartening to watch. It gave me hope for the future.


Now life is back to crazy—at least for 56 more days until school is out, lacrosse is over and summer comes. But we had five days to rest and regroup.


I think I can make it from here.




family1-1-23FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.

Photo by Dawn Kearney

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