College Bound and Cavorting in Hot Tubs

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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Big doings in the Marks household this past weekend.


Jill is finishing up her local internship and preparing to return to University of Alabama to begin her Junior year of college this Thursday.


My husband, Andrew, ran his first 26.2 race with me on Saturday.


Drew has been packing up to leave for his freshman year of college as a Gamecock at the University of South Carolina this Friday. 


Wait. Did you say Andrew ran his first 26.2 race with me?


You betcha!


26.2 FEET that is!


O’Rileys pub on Creighton Road hosted its 2nd annual 26.2 foot race this past Saturday and I finally convinced by dear, sweet hubbie to run a race with me.


It’s hard to imagine how short a distance 26.2 feet is until you actually see the start and finish line in person!


Crazy Jessica and newest My Pink Lawyer team members, Kathleen and Rene and their respective husbands, also joined us for the festivities.


I even managed to run into a client at the race. Way to go, Cheryl! 


Despite ignoring my suggestions to stretch before the race, Andrew made it to the finish line unscathed, albeit slightly dehydrated. Thank goodness, we managed to make it back into the bar for some refreshing hops before he passed out from dehydration.



Andrew and I obviously haven’t waited until the kids ship off to college to have a little fun ourselves. Good thing too since the house will soon be quiet and we’ll only have each other to talk to. No time like the present to remember that we really do enjoy each other’s company after almost 24 years of marriage.


Having a little fun reminds me of a story I recently heard from a friend about some mutual acquaintances whose college aged son came home unexpectedly to find his parents cavorting naked together in their backyard hot tub.


“Mom! Dad! Put some clothes on! What are you doing?!,” their son cried.


“What are YOU doing here, son? We live here,” the dad kindly replied.


Apparently parents are not people. Or at least not people who deserve to have their own ‘fun’ in the eyes of their college-aged kids!


Wish us luck at college drop off this weekend.


I’ve joked with family that unlike Jill who texts me regularly while she’s away, we probably won’t here from Drew after we drop him off until he shows up unexpectedly with laundry in hand one day.


Lucky for Drew we don’t have a hot tub!


Kristen “Remembering that Parents Are People Too” Marks


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