Two little words that bring one thing to mind when it comes to college kids.
Even though that beach, and other beaches, are really crowded this time of year with groups of guys and girls letting off steam and pushing limits, a slew of kids are home. Like my son, they're hanging out with old friends, grabbing burgers from In 'N Out, flopping on the couch, teasing their sister who still has homework and class and softball practice, and making their parents wildly happy to have everyone under the same roof again, if only for a few short days.
They're interviewing for summer jobs, making phone calls to past mentors, getting some writing done, binge-watching TV and playing with the dog.
They are taking a break at home because school is A LOT. Especially come Spring, when you have to think about who to live with next year and how to pull up the grades in that class where the professor just doesn't get you and why that girl never texted you back and how you're going to make your spending allowance last until June and all the regular stuff that just happens and right about now it's just good to be in a place where those things are still true but don't feel so important.
It's perfect that the cookies are fresh on the counter, and not sitting in a box in the post office, and Mom isn't just in the mail, she's right down the hall*.
Someday, soon even, Spring Break will be about travel and adventure and new things again, like it was when the kids were younger and we used this time as a family to escape the ruts and routines of work and life around the house. He'll explore new cities, volunteer, roam around with his roommates or escape to a cabin with someone he's fallen for, hard. Perhaps he will even find himself burned to a crisp and getting trashed on a beach.**
But at least for now, while he, and a ton of other kids like him, are still figuring this college stuff out***, Spring Break is about coming home.
I know Spring Break schedules are all over the map this year, with some kids off now, others back in school already, and others still waiting for their time off. If you feel the urge to bake to welcome them back, feel free to check the Recipe Box on Cheesy Pennies for some great and easy-to-make treat ideas. Or, you can grab a box of brownies here. They are particularly great for unshaven returnees. Or for parents who have sent those returnees away yet again.
*Not hovering or anything. Just handy in a non-intrusive way.
** God, I hope not. Such a bad idea.
*** Or, in the words of my son, "Killin' it, Mom. I'm killin' college." In some instances, your child may not explicitly acknowledge the need for a restorative visit.