Spring Break Ain't What It Used to Be for Moms

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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Spring "Darty" on Campus

“Man, what is in this suitcase, barbells?,” Andrew muttered outloud.


“Better not peek,” I replied. “My duffle bag clanked when I set it down on the bed.” I had a feeling the bag contained more than just clothes and toiletries but darned if I dared look inside.


Jill and eleven of her sorority sisters are down this week for Spring Break. Don’t worry, they aren’t all staying with us. That would be rather scary. Instead, they’re staying at a friend’s beach house down the street.


They arrived yesterday morning and Jill asked us to help bring their suitcases inside when we met them to drop off some groceries. [We told Jill that we are not funding her vacation but that we would assist with stocking the kitchen.]


Jill and her friends had briefly considered traveling to Cancun or the Bahamas for Spring Break but in the end decided to come to Pensacola Beach instead.


Of course Andrew and I were thrilled. It sounded like a good idea three months ago. Have Jill close to home so we wouldn’t worry as much. Yesterday, bringing in their luggage, not so much.


Listen, we get it. We both went to college and had a great time too.


Plus, we aren’t idiots. We’ve visited her college campus several times now and attended fraternity parties with our daughter and her friends. (What a hostess!) But bringing in the girls’ luggage, I started to worry again.


Andrew asked me if I’d feel better if they had gone elsewhere for vacation.


“Maybe.” Out of sight, out of mind, you know?


Although turning a blind eye may be practical for a college parent’s peace of mind at times, sticking one’s head in the sand is just plain silly when it comes to a parent’s Family Succession Planning.


Your estate planning, or lack thereof, has lasting consequences for your loved ones.


And don’t kid yourself and think that you’re too poor, too young, or too busy to plan. It’s all a matter of priorities.


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In case you think we are complete slacker parents, we did read Jill the proverbial riot act before we left the beach house. And of course we will be “on call” all week.


And, if by chance you are reading this and have no idea what I’ve been talking about, then good for you. Better ignorant bliss.


I did promise Jill that I wouldn’t do any “drive by’s” this week. However, I never said anything about a “run by”! I just may have to change my training route to the beach this week. 😉


Kristen "Spring Break Mama" Marks

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