Wine Before Five
Because Life is Good & Short & Sweet
(And you won’t burn in hell for wine before five.
I don’t care what the nuns told you.)
Good grief. I just read “15 places your children should see before they’re 15.” Our children are twenty-somethings, and saw only 2 from that list: Colonial Williamsburg — but they were 4 & 1 and our daughter slept through the entire trip — and Disney World in Fla., several times. Their first trip there, they were 4 1/2 and 1 1/2, and our daughter screamed through most of that visit. Do you see a pattern here? I can’t help what she didn’t see.
However, I do offer my apologies to my children for depriving them of the other 13 places. Thanks to Wilt Weatherly’s (previously known here as Spouse Weatherly) corporate transfers, they did get to live in 5 states and 11 homes plus two extended-stay corporate apartments. We Weatherlys took many airline flights, had car trips worthy of their own book, & most importantly, I taught my children not to venture out on the frozen lake behind one of our Ohio homes until we made sure the crazy neighbor kids hadn’t fallen through the ice & drowned. Our son learned “we lost the war” in Texas — in reference to the Civil War — and our daughter, although we attended the Methodist Church in South Florida, believed all through kindergarden & most of first grade that we were Jewish after watching a video about Hanukkah. That’s okay; we’re big on appreciation of diversity at our house.
Probably the biggest benefit to them: these two are awesome at organizing, packing & house hunting. On one trip, as they preceded us into a kitchen & commented to each other on the generous amount of counter space (they were 10 & 7), the realtor turned to us, utterly dumbfounded, and asked, “Have they been house hunting before?” Oh, baby… that was like a career at our house.
We love you, Weatherly Kids, but you’re on your own for the other thirteen “must-sees.”
House Hunting Is Such Trip Good Parenting