My daughter (age 8) has been complaining that now that our summer trip has been canceled, there’s no longer anything to look forward to. I have to admit I feel the same way too. We’d been planning on meeting up with the grandparents in Florida and she had fun summer daycamps planned that are probably cancelled. She’s been asking how Belle can sound so happy when she’s singing, “every day like the one before” and how can Belle feel lonely if she has so many people to say hello to every morning. (If you can’t tell, we purchased a Disney+ subscription.) Do you have any ideas for things that she could look forward to that don’t involve things that could increase Covid 19 infections? Any ideas for things that *I* (middle-aged woman) could look forward to? Our library is still closed and it has been taking a lot longer than usual to get e-books. We have some extra money that we would have spent on Florida and camp, but not infinite amounts.
I feel your pain so hard. Our 7 year old has been similarly mopey. DH and I have been talking about it. Could we *drive* to see grandparents if we’re good about social distancing? But that would really involve avoiding gas station restrooms (do not want to inadvertently kill grandparents) and I’m just not ready to go by the side of the road or the even more unnerving things one reads truckers doing. :/ We have been face-timing and zooming with relatives but it’s just not the same at all. (Maybe we could set up time with grandma to work on the same crafts? But that seems like something more fun in person than long-distance.) So… that just doesn’t seem like it’s enough.
So DH and I have been thinking really hard and tried to remember the kinds of things that we looked forward to when we were younger and our parents couldn’t afford regular vacations. I was like… books? But without the library that’s hard. One can buy books, but new books are usually hardback and I’m not crazy about hardback (this is a me problem, not a universal problem). Still… we’ve got the third Nikki Tesla on the list once school ends and it comes out in July. I may order the rest of the Jim Benton books that DC2 doesn’t have since they’ve taken over my electronic wishlist and I’m only allowed to have 10 books on hold at any time. There’s also a few Gordon Korman books that zie would like, but I have to be more careful with those– Son of the Mob is neither age nor interest appropriate (I still maintain that the best Gordon Korman books were the ones he wrote as a teenager, but those are harder to get). (All amazon links are affiliate links.)
DH immediately thought about games and looked at the list of things coming out for various video game outlets this summer. DC2 is seriously into Pokemon, so we’ve decided to tell hir that once school is out we will get hir the new paired Pokemon games for the switch.
Another suggestion: Does your daughter want to redo some or all of her room? We recently repainted the shelves in DC2’s closet and it really brightened the place up. Depending on your daughter’s preferences, now might be a good time to upgrade a bed or paint furniture or add a bookcase, or even just rearrange the furniture (maybe remove some of the stuff she’s outgrown) etc.; if she is interested, it might be fun for her to do a lot of the planning.
One of the most exciting things that has happened with us since the pandemic was when my sister sent us frozen stuffed pizzas from tastes of chicago (not an affiliate link)– I’ve definitely upped my ordering from specialty places like nuts.com and vomfass and southernseason and penzey’s and our favorite tea place in the local city so on (not affiliate links). I’ve been contemplating getting something crazy like mail ordering fancy ice cream or something baked even though grocery stores have decent premium ice cream (though generally only Ben and Jerry’s and Haagandaaz) and DH has been baking up a storm… but you know, just to have something made by someone else. We thought about ordering sushi grade fish online, but balked at the $50 s/h fee. We’re not quite there yet. To be honest, right now I’m feeling a little sad that I’ve run out of things I’m dying to get at nuts.com. I want more variety! But retail therapy had been working for me for a while there.
I would also love any ideas that anyone from grumpy nation has. I saw an awesome comment on a blogpost about having a treasure/surprise bag to go through for younger kids with toys and activities after chores are done (I can’t find the specific post– will link here if anyone remembers). Our DC1 (age 13) was already planning on starting a youtube channel and learning video editing this summer, so those plans haven’t changed– zie is mostly focused on the AP World History exam right now and hasn’t had a chance to be angsty, unlike poor DC2.
What are you and yours looking forward to this summer? Do you have any suggestions for things to plan or places to buy random fun stuff from?
p.s. my dc2 has a birthday in late summer and usually gets 2-3 celebrations over the month—in-laws, us, my sister … need to be thinking how to make our single little family celebration more special than just presents, a cake and a song with dinner since zie usually also gets a party at grandma’s with the cousins during summer vacation and a day out with my sister on a later weekend.