This week and the next, The Weatherman and I are hosting two girls who are part of a summer scholarship program in our town. The two attend a not-so-great high school in the Bronx, but both have shown academic promise. They are up here for a month, studying Shakespeare, writing, computer programming, getting college guidance, and also getting a taste of suburban life.
One girl, "I," is back for her 3rd summer with us; the other, "S" is new to the program. They are both great girls - smart, well-mannered, and up for new experiences. Every host family approaches the experience a little differently (some take their students to ball games, restaurants, etc.), but I am an old-school Mom. After a full day of school and activities (the program provides swimming lessons, tennis lessons, local college tours and more), I think the girls should come home, have a snack, do their homework, have dinner, and then hang with the family. It's really hot, they are absorbing a lot of new things, and they are tired, since they get up at 6:15 a.m. every morning to get to school.
So last night after dinner, we played a board game, and I forgot how much fun it could be. "I" had never played "Scattergories" before; "S" had. The Weatherman doesn't generally like these games, so I was surprised when after a few rounds, I suggested wrapping it up, he joined the girls in asking if we could keep playing. There were lots of laughs, some good natured arguing over whether the answers made the grade and promises of a rematch.
It is fun to have teenagers in the house again (albeit briefly) - it's been a long time when I could tell anyone it was bedtime and they actually listened.