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Country Break


So we went to Vermont this weekend. Me and the two kiddies. Who’s missing? Yep, hubby was on call and crazed, so we left him behind. Which means, in case you didn’t get this the first time, it was me and the kiddies. No biggie, right? A weekend away with the kids- like an adventure. We went to a friend’s farm, it was all our first time there, and it was pulchritudinous (I just found that word in the thesaurus. Pretty impressive, isn’t it. It would be even more impressive if I could say it. I overuse beautiful, if one can do such a thing).

What can beat Vermont in the summer? But really, try beating an organic farm with real live sheep, pigs, chickens, and a farmhouse that is taken out a Better Farmhouse and Gardens magazine, and the picture really cannot be beat. (The company contributed to the overall beauty, as well). So, the kids play with their friends, the grown-ups gab and occasionally pause to hear if there are still children’s voices running around somewhere in the distant wood. Grilled trout and corn on the cob, peach pie with a sunset over the green, green hills, could life get better? (And my friends LIVE there. When were they handing out life choices, and where was I?)

Then it was bedtime. In a house my children had never been visited, and sharing a room (they have their own room back in the city). What could be more exciting than that for a four and two year old? Oh, right, that MOMMY was going to put them down– alone. What fun. I will spare the details, like the crawling under the bed to get to one while I was lying down with the other; or the chorus of poo-poo and pee-pee head between each other while mom thought of any bribe or threat to shut them up! Finally, after I had gone back and forth between the two, lying with them and whispering sweet threats into their ears to get them to sleep, and just as Boo was drifting off, Sunshine starts crying. “What?!” I sweetly hiss under the bed to her? “There is a spider web and I’m really scared!” So I leave Boo’s side to take care of Sunshine (he, of course is wide awake again), hastily sweep away the spider web with my hand, “See, nothing to be afraid of, now GO TO SLEEP.” She was out in seconds. Then boo- after another ten seconds of lying with him. But the whole process took ONE FULL HOUR, not including teeth brushing. Hubby got the cell phone call he wishes he hadn’t answered.

As we approached the Boston skyline on the way home from Dreamville, Sunshine shared the lesson she had learned from the weekend: the country was more beautiful than the city, and she wanted to live there forever with her friend. Nice. My lesson: never, never travel to a new place with a shared bedroom without either hubby or a gate– or a steel trap door.

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