Summer Vacation Time

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As some of you may know, my son, who was at a distance for a few years, moved to live with me in December. It’s now June and it’s time for him to head to his dad’s for summer vacation. This morning as me, him and my step daughter were eating breakfast, I mentioned that she would not be at our house tomorrow – she would be at her mom’s – so this is the last time they will see each other for a couple of months. (all of this blended family scheduling goodness!)

Emma: “You won’t be here for two months?!”
Ethan: “Nope.”
Me: “Yeah… so make sure you guys say goodbye this morning.. ok? You won’t see each other for two months.”
Ethan: “Well.. maybe not two months.”
Me: “… ”
Ethan: “… there is that thing that starts with an N… ”
Me: “OH! Netmeeting! Of course! You guys can definitely see each other over the internet and do netmeeting. That’s right!”
(le duh!)
Emma: “Yeah.. and we can play games!”

And both kids just went right on as if everything was just normal. And everything WAS normal. And it was then that I realized that he and she have adapted to this whole distance family thing. They are cool with it and they are adept at keeping those relationships alive. I taught them that. What a proud moment in distance parenting.

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