Mom Confessional: I Want a Spring Break

Mom Confessional: I Want a Spring Break

Read one mom’s take on how spring break could be way more fun.

By: Helen Jane Hearn

When I was in college, spring break meant two things: great friends and a warm-weather adventure — no plans, no schedules, just fun. As a mother of young children, spring break now means keeping the family from going stir crazy.

I want my own spring break!

But now, as a mom, I identified the top five things I miss most about my annual southward springtime sojourn. (I’m also awarding extra credit for bringing the best parts of spring break into a week at home with the kids.)

1. Girlfriends
When it comes to friends, I’ve always been sort of a pack-hopper. Although I love the thought of it, I’ve never travelled extensively with a tight pack of girlfriends. The only time I ever did was for spring break. No matter where, getting to know women through their habits, friendships and conversation was always the best part of spring break.

Extra credit: Invite my own pack of mamas over during spring break. Since we’re all going nuts alone in our respective houses, we might as well share the load.

2. Mani-pedis
Looking forward to the pre-trip visit to the spa or the salon for nails and hair put me in the mood for vacation. Currently, spring break is an exercise in seeing how long I can get by between showers.

Hit the spa or salon and get your nails done because, sometimes, it’s the little things that give us the most joy.

Extra credit: Schedule an extra-special pre-spring break mani-pedi just for you. Something about having perfectly groomed toes and fingers makes that week at home feel a little less harried.


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3. Getting Ready
Speaking of showers, taking a full two hours to get ready is one of those glorious memories specific to spring break. I miss the camaraderie of five girls in one tiny hotel bathroom mirror shouting over hairdryers. Getting ready now means I quickly check a mirror on my way to tap class to see what’s in my teeth this time.

Extra credit: Wake up 30 minutes early to get showered, dressed and fully made up. My husband will appreciate it, and my kids seem to listen to me better when I put my best face forward.

4. Going With It
College years: Cute boy on the beach invited me to a party? I was on it. Mountaintop horse riding with a guide missing three fingers? Sounds fun.

Today: Spring break means every minute and activity is meticulously planned.

Extra credit: Schedule adventure. A homebody like me can visit a train museum or maybe take a short hike with the family on a local trail. Anything out of our homes makes the day an adventure.

5. Local Food
I’ve always been a foodie — even on spring break. Whether it was finding a street cart selling jerk chicken in Jamaica or late night beignets and chicory coffee in New Orleans, trying out the local food was just part of the adventure.

Extra credit: Be a local in our own town. Research what kind of food makes our community great — what’s in season? We can either go out to eat or prepare it together at home, learning together.

Memory lane is a great road to take — as long as it helps prepare me for a better tomorrow. These spring break memories can keep me focused on all the good in my life right now; and really, there’s nothing stopping our spring breaks from including some delicious local food, a mani-pedi and a more adventurous change in attitude.

Read all the pieces of our ongoing series, Mom Confessionals.

Helen has written about Internet culture and home entertaining at her eponymous site
Helen Jane since 1998. Napa Valley-based, she is a certified specialist of wine and founder of Cheesewhizzes, a nationwide cheese-tasting club. She also captains her bocce team, Joanie Loves Bocce.

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