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It Smells Like Updog!

It smells like updog in here!


Yes. Updog.


Oh, not much!

Come on, you know you’re laughing. Let’s face it, that’s funny!

That’s also the kind of humor you get subjected treated to when you spend a long weekend with two teenage boys, a 10-year old girl and her 9-year old comrade. Oh, and there’s the girlfriend of the thirteen-year-old (yes, I said, girlfriend) who makes her presence known with the constant text-ing that is revealed through his ringtone which loudly and annoyingly announces:

“Excuse me boss, you have a text message.”

Every 5 to 10 minutes.

I truly feel like she came with us.

It started with a simple statement. Me, telling my kids I was taking them up to our place in the woods for this President’s Day long weekend. Before I could be consulted, a cousin was quickly added to the mix and then a friend.

It became the perfect blend of a very unlikely pairing of people.

It takes two-hours by car to go through the Catskills to get to our destination, a place I usually go to for serenity. The car-load spent their time partly singing Katy Perry’s Fireworks (over and over again) and partly playing Truth or Dare.

I love kids. They’re so honest, especially when they’re playing a game like Truth or Dare. They feel completely obligated to tell the truth.

It was basketball on the driveway. Tacos for dinner. A game of Striker on the ancient but still functional game-cube. Ice-cream at the Penguin. Man-hunt in the dark with flashlights, in the middle of winter, while it was snowing. Hot cocoa with whipped cream. Playing monopoly while watching Jeremy Lin magically maneuver the ball on the court against the Hornets and tea and cookies before bed.

These are the things kids’ dreams are made of.

It’s good to take a break from life, if you can. I’m extremely fortunate to have the place to escape to and these fabulous children to escape away with. I’ve been laughing-out-loud now for nearly three days straight. It’s a privilege to be the fly-on-the-wall, allowed to listen in to the lively conversations that span the wit and humor of the seven-year-age-difference between the youngest and oldest in this motley but most-loveable crew, thrown together by chance and circumstance. They’re truly making the best of it.

Sometimes, the best times are had with the least amount of planning.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for my kids, in particular these past two years. There’s been lots of upheaval and turmoil and change and it has been a very long time since they’ve been in a relaxed enough environment where they can just  have fun. It’s a joy to witness.

But it’s the never-ending laughter that I am so grateful to hear.

Seeing your kids laughing and happy is what parents’ dreams are made of.

It’s the middle of a strangely warm winter but nothing warms a mother’s heart more than to hear the echoing of her child’s laughter.

Photo Credit #1: What’s Up Dog Hat

Photo Credit #3, 4 & 5: Karen Szczuka Teich & http://www.takingtheworldonwithasmile.com

  1. singleworkingmomswm
    February 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Karen, I sometimes get such an uncanny feeling when I read your posts…and I KNOW you KNOW what I mean. I was going to close my computer about 30 minutes ago but decided to start notifying my LOL Award recipients that I was giving this award to them and to check out my post tomorrow that explains all about it. You are on my list! Wow. So, here I read this, complete with the joke intro and you writing about “laughing-out-loud” in the text of this totally awesome entry. I’m so there with you, girl! This sounds like the best weekend, and although I’ve been at home in the Yellow Sub, I had a similar experience with Maycee and her best buddy, complete with tacos, frozen yogurt, cookies, and tons of kid laughter! Enjoy your newly given honors, my friend! LOL! XOXO 🙂


    • February 19, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Wow, Kasey! Thank you so much!! I will check it out. It really has been a fun weekend & yes, I know, just like you know I know, what you mean!! No doubt just as good times are had in the Yellow Sub! Thanks again, Kasey!


  2. February 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

    We have never been blessed with children, but from your post, I know that we misssed something. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.


    • February 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Yes, Bob. It has been a wonderful weekend. Non-stop laughter and I am so grateful. Thank you for reading & commenting!


  3. February 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Karen – I often envy my girls when I hear them laughing with their friends with no sense of self consciousness. I hope they always maintain that joie de vive.


  4. February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I hear you, Karl! Thanks for reading & commenting!


  5. February 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

    This had me laughing at home but I have to confess I had to read it twice to figure out what you were talking about (it didn’t sound like you). Great post. Great pictures..they remind me of the rolling hills back home.


  6. February 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Thanks a lot, Andy! It was a laugh-a-minute weekend!


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