Thursday, May 24, 2018

Overcome with relief over spring break

They probably won’t go down as the most exciting or sexiest spring breaks for my college- aged children. But then again I tend to feel spring breaks are far over-rated any way.
I am often amazed at how many parents of teenagers and even younger kids make a big splash about spring breaks and often try to outdo the next family with going somewhere exotic or halfway across the country.

And with college kids on spring break destinations from Florida, to Texas, to Colorado, to Mexico and doz-ens of other places near and far, it can quickly turn into a parents’ worst nightmare. 
Perhaps there is some slight jealousy brewing within me because I never had
a fullfledged spring break back in my high school days. We usually had a couple days off at Easter, but no other spring break. And when it came to college for me, I was busy working to pay for my way through college.

At least with college students, there is no doubt that drinking is a big part of the Spring Break culture.

According to a University of Wisconsin study, which is the college where my
son attends, 75 percent of college males and about 43 percent of females reported being intoxicated on a daily basis during spring break. Nearly half of the males and more than 40 percent of the females also reported being drunk to the point of vomiting or passing out at least once during break.

Statistics like those make me real uneasy. Spring break is basically a time for full-throttle partying and making parents regret they pissed away tuition proba-bly better-spent financing a beachfront property.

But relief quickly set in when I discovered what both of my college-aged children did for their spring breaks. I actually found it to warm my heart. They both skipped the sandy beaches and ski slopes to benefit their studies and their futures without any influence from their old man.

My daughter headed into the armpit of the Midwest, aka Detroit, Mich., for an alternative spring break mission trip helping the homeless. This was the second mission trip she has taken during her college career.

As for my son, he ended up at home tackling proj-ects for his college classes and working on getting his finances in order to continue with his dream of attending business college. I helped him with some writing projects, which, of course, is one of my specialty areas. I think he was home more this past week than he had beenin the entire previous year combined.

We were able to spend some real quality time to-gether doing really not much of anything.
It also gave me the perfect chance to reflect on how much he has matured into a fine young man. He has really changed over the past two years since leaving home and heading off to college. It’s rewarding for me as a parent to see how much his maturity level has risen over that time period.

No sooner had my son ar-rived back at college and he was already texting me about how much he appreciated me and everything I have done for him not only over spring break but his entire life.
With all the negativity in the world today, life really doesn’t get much better than a heartwarming message from one of the kids ex-pressing their appreciation. It made me realize what a blessing my children bring into my life.

I hope more parents will enjoy their children going in hot pursuit of hanging low for spring break and focusing on what really matters most in life.

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