We are spending spring break in my parent’s summer home in Rhode Island — beautiful but chilly.
The other morning, we were eating breakfast with our oldest, Maggie, who was the first one up. My husband jokingly said, “If we had stopped having kids after you, this is how it would be.”
I interjected that if we had stopped after Maggie, we would probably have money to vacation in Florida. Maggie groaned. Florida would be nice, but she has no desire to be an only child. And I’m so glad she’s not.
Sometimes, after I’ve been driving them around all day, I wonder why we had so many kids. But then there are times like this — it’s late at night and I can still hear them laughing and carrying on in their rooms. We had four kids so they would always have each other. Some day, when we are long gone, they will still be a family. They will have their siblings to lean on, laugh with and love.
And it’s vacations like this — in deserted Rhode Island away from their busy lives — that gives them the chance to bond with each other. They’ve been playing board games, biking to the beach, watching silly movies and creating memories.
I’m hoping this time will serve as the building blocks that will cement their relationship in the future. Hopefully it will help sustain them when times get hard.
The best part is, they love spending time here with us. They don’t seem to mind that their friends are all in the south. They are happy to be here, hanging with each other. And that warms my heart.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 17, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.