Do you hear that? It’s the sound of our teenagers not being at home

Within the next 24 hours, my wife and I will suddenly be without our three teenagers at home for five whole days. Possibly longer, depending on traffic, wind resistance and any other delays that could hamper an expedient pick-up next weekend. Not having them at home will obviously take some getting used to. Such as getting used to not having less than 90 seconds of hot water for a shower, or being accused of smothering them when we ask if they made their bed.

To celebrate help us deal with the emptiness we feel, here’s an audio clip of this Monday’s upcoming post, “5 Days Without Cranky Teenagers at Home (Can I Get a Hallelujah?)”

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See you Monday! Unless I’m still in the shower…

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

55 thoughts on “Do you hear that? It’s the sound of our teenagers not being at home”

    1. We’re trying to look sad for our teenagers, but it’s getting really difficult. I’ve started laughing for no reason. Plus my skipping through the house is making them suspicious.

      1. I still have the one who just turned 16, but I am getting closer… when my older daughter comes home I have to remember to call the music room ‘Jessica’s room’…

  1. Ha! I had two of those once – the alien mother ship picked them up and took them back to where they belonged. I can give you the alien contact info if you want. Their antics do make good blog fodder though, but really it is only fair to let them go back to the planet they came from.

        1. Hahaha! I agree *shakes fist at Ross Murray*

          Truth be told, my wife already makes things pretty blissful, so this is a total bonus. Icing on the cake is it were. Or wherever… πŸ˜‰

  2. What a perfect time to pull a practical joke on them. Like putting up an automatic reply on your email saying you’ve entered the Witness Protection Program and all your assets have been seized to pay the court costs.

    Or not. Depending on if your kids all have a sense of humor.

    Or not.

    *big grin*

    1. Haha! Having a sense of humor in our family is a matter of survival. There are two or three kids who couldn’t hack it. Lord knows where they are now… πŸ˜‰

  3. Oooooh, congrats! PARTY AT NED’s HOUSE!!! We’ll be over ASAP. Nothing better than time in your own home with no kiddos for a while! Mr. Brickhouse and I are empty nesters and let me tell you, you get used to it quickly.

    Run around the house naked, sing all the songs they find annoying, have cereal for dinner (or just alcohol), make love in the kitchen twice a day, don’t do any laundry, take pictures of the house being clean for later when it’s a war zone again, watch porn, watch all the shows they hate, enjoy not being told you are a loser and drink some more! πŸ™‚

    1. Sounds like so much fun! We can’t wait!
      Who knows? If we continue doing all those things after they get back, maybe they’ll move out sooner? πŸ˜‰

  4. I’m not even sure that you’ll be up long enough for air – much less read these comments!! The hubs and I have started to celebrate kid-free time-frames and grab fifteen minutes at a time. If we had an entire week, I’m afraid that injury may occur πŸ˜‰

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