Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Back From Vacation ... Thanks Be To God

If you should ever consider taking a beach vacation that involves watching over four teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 16, let me give you some advice.


I think the girls had a pretty good time, but it's hard to know because they're not speaking to me much. That's not a result of any conflicts on the trip, though -- it's just the state of play in our lives right now.

Many of the girls' vacation activities seem to have taken place between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. For example, one night Laurette and I went to bed as the parents and temporary guardians of three redheads and a brunette, and woke up the next day looking after three brunettes and a blond. Good morning, Miss Clairol, how nice of you to join us.

Another vacation high point: one of the girls fainted while waiting in line for the services of an Albanian henna tattoo artist. Called her mother, who advised us to make her eat some meat (she's a vegetarian), which she did, with surprising relish. Even had some bacon the next day. Tattoos acquired: two butterflies, a heart, and an anchor. Ahoy, boys!

I'm sure L & I are a big hit with our guests' parents, what with their girls coming home with dyed hair and tattoos. But, as I said to L, no big deal. It's not as if we got invited to their parties anyway.

Glad to be back home at work. Here's a little song that L found which seems funny to me right now:


Anonymous said...

"Good morning, Miss Clairol, how nice of you to join us."

Oh, I love this! This is such an enjoyable (and real, and true, and easy-to-identify-with) post. Thanks for sharing it. And the "thanks be to God" -- definitely, that's how we survive the drama and the JOY of raising daughters!

And that video is just a classic! I am already passing it on... ;)


Anonymous said...


I have a picture of the two of you sitting on a deck, deck chairs tilted back, blue skies and ocean beyond you, and I expect (hope) you did a fair amount of that while your girls did a fair amount of whatever.

Perhaps the temperatures back home are not so bad, and you can now enter into the more enjoyable aspect of your remod, well, anyway, the next step, closer to the finish of what I think will be a wonderful thing to have done. Eh-hem, time for me to go do some of the same.

Wayne in Reading

We've really enjoyed your movies!