PYHO: Feeling Lucky

This week, I am on Spring Break. I have been counting down to this week for like, uh ever. School is stressful and super busy so I seriously covet anything with the word break in it (at least in the context that means I get a break from school).

Spring Break is an interesting concept in college. I suppose I am expected to be on some beach somewhere with hundreds of other college students who I just met (plus of course friends who I came with) and drinking a lot of alcohol and partying the week away only to return to school exhausted and hung over.

Yeah, well... I am at a beach. Except, instead of being with other college students I'm with my parents in an area in Florida where I'm pretty sure the average age is somewhere around 5 (with little or no other college students in sight). This is partially by choice. And partially because I wasn't invited on the big spring break trip that my friends planned and went on (or anywhere else for that matter).

This took along time to accept and I can't say I have fully accepted it because it hurts. It hurts like a slap in the face, like a big old F**K YOU. That's how I feel.

Because of this said slap in the face, I was left to make my own plans. My parents so generously offered to help me with this plans, they rented a loft in Florida for us and even told me to invite a friend or two (I did but it didn't work out.) My sister was invited to go to Florida with some of her friends, so it ended up just being me and my parents staying here Monday-Friday.

I will admit I had some hesitations about answering the inevitable "what are your plans for spring break" question with "I'm going on vacation with my parents." I kind of felt like a loser, at first; like I have such a non-existent social life that I have go on spring break with my parents." My parents are great, and I would even go so far as to describe them as "cool", so it wasn't them that was bothering me. It was more that I didn't have any other options.

But, I came, I saw and I have to admit, I am having a good time. The other night as I was eating a delicious meal with my parents, I thought about what I would be doing if I had gone on the "big" spring break trip with my friends. And you know what? I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. The more I thought about it, the more I considered myself lucky. Lucky that I have such great parents that I can spend a week with them without going absolutely crazy, Lucky that my parents would go to all of this trouble to plan a vacation just for the three of us. Lucky that I get to eat delicious food and spend time with my parents who I don't see that often. Lucky that my spring break is just that; a break. A chance to just sit on the beach and read if that's what I want to do. A chance to sleep in until noon if I want to. A chance to just relax.

After all is said and done, I am definitely counting my lucky stars this week and considering myself a lucky girl.

Collage of our vacation thus far. I apologize to my mother that she is not in this.
The one picture she and I have together is BAD (of me).

I'm linking up at Shell's for Pour Your Heart today. Happy 1 year anniversary, PYHO!

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Jenny said...

Patrice..Go You! I was always conflicted with this as well..I actually never did go on spring break with friends. Instead I spent it with my "cool" parents and had a blast! I always wanted to remember my breaks from school..lol! Enjoy girl..it looks beautiful there!

Anonymous said...

You sound like the most grounded, reasonable, responsible college student I have ever heard.
Good for you for recognizing that spring break, although fun, would have really been just a headache and that this time with your parents is precious.
You are years ahead of your time my dear.

SueMac said...

You are so lucky! What a wonderful week full of memories. Having a vacation, just you and your parents, is a wonderful thing! You're gong to look back and feel even MORE lucky. (and to be honest, I'm totally jealous of you right now! I'd love to be on the coast relaxing!) Have a great one!

Shell said...

I never went on a spring break with my friends.

You are so lucky to have wonderful parents like that! Enjoy your break!

Mama Spaghetti said...

Yay for you! A break like that sounds tremendous right now, lol.

I never went on a big spring break trip with friends either, if it makes you feel any better.

Good for you making the best of your break! And I can't imagine how much this means to your parents.

Dawn said...

Poo on your friends for not including you, but hooray for your "cool" parents. Family is so important, and it is wonderful that you were blessed with a terrific set. Enjoy your time!

Mere said...

Patrice you sound JUST LIKE ME!! I hung out with my mom for most of spring break until I had to come back and work. I felt like such a loser too because all my friends were "partying it up" and I wasn't invited to any of those events :( I did, however, make some great memories with my mom and I'm sure you did with your parents too...that's what counts!!

Love, Mere

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