Monday, August 16, 2010

Sometimes, all you need is a little retail therapy

I wish I could say that Roo has had a great summer, filled with friends and excitement.

But the truth is that Roo has mostly spent the summer with me.

In the last couple weeks especially, Roo and I have made multiple let's-get-the-heck-outta-here excursions.

One trip to the mall, where we took in a movie and -- in a moment of spontaneous goofiness -- we each put a second set of holes in our ears.

"This is so cool," Roo said as we left the store, giggling together, with our little list of post-piercing instructions and bottles of antiseptic.

And I had to agree.

The next trip started out less auspiciously.

It was 10:30 at night, and the walls -- and the mean girls -- were closing in on the both of us.

"Can we just go out and drive around?" she asked me.

I looked back at her tear-stained face.

"Let's go to the movies," I said.

"What?" she asked, incredulous.

"Seriously -- let's go. Now."

So we did.

It was a midnight show, and we were literally the only two in the theater. We put our feet up on the seats in front of us, talked out loud, shared popcorn and Sour Patch Kids.  And when the credits rolled, my baby was smiling again.

We got home at 2 in the morning. My 6 a.m. alarm was not a welcome sound, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Roo and I have had our moments. When she was 13 and 14, I was ready to sell her to the gypsies.

When she was 14 and 15, she pretty much wished that I would disappear.

Now that she is 16, we have discovered something pretty darned important.

We like each other.

A lot.

Now how cool is THAT?

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Meanwhile, the very cool ladies of Room 704 have published the August edition of their very cool site (cool because -- ahem -- I'm one of them!).

Check out our posts on the theme of "growth."

Especially mine.

Crossposted at Mid-Century Modern Moms


Tara R. said...

It really is cool when you become friends with your daughter again. Spending time with my girl has been a pleasure and no longer just the two of us biding our time until our excursion is over.

Roger said...

As I am getting ready, actually I'm already there, with my daughter entering the drama of being a teenager, I am glad to see that there is calm after the storm. At least i hope there is, because I really don't like her this way at all.

Jenni said...

Roo is truly blessed to have a mom like you to help her through those rough teen years. What a special relationship the two of you have!

The Captain's Daughter said...

Beyond words good!

LceeL said...

Enjoy it while you can ... because the next stage is the "I'm so cool I can make fun of you" attitude, which is fine, because they (mostly) aren't malicious - it just seems to take them a while to realize that they might have gone too far. Sometimes. So now's the time to teach her to be gentle. While you can.

Karen said...

VERY cool. I love when circumstances make families realize what they've got in each other. And the best part is that you'll both be there for the rest of your lives.

Flipfloppingmamma said...

Great post!! So many times I just wanted to 'get outta here' and my mom never understood. I hope I do in 10 years. :)

Simply Jenn said...

DANG IT JANET!!!!!!! We are taking Kelsie to college today and I was FINE, and I am on the verge of tears. At 18 I mostly adore her, and I will miss my buddy dearly. Macie is 13 and very hot/cold with me. Them growing up is harder times a million than any baby/toddler/teen issues I can imagine.

If I cry today, I blame you and your dead on perspective. said...

OhMiGosh! I can SO relate! It's just going to get better and better for you and her, too!Since H died and I am "free" so much, the girls and I are going all over together. I kid them about who has custody of me when. ;-)

karisma said...

THAT is extremely cool! I loved this post, although I am sad there are bitchy girls making Roo cry! How rude! I have to say I am not much into retail therapy, hate shopping but your kind sounds awesome! Hugs and smoochies to you both! mwah xoxoxo

Hedy said...

k, the five little planets... wins for best blog post title of the week.

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