I am guardian to two college kids, a nephew and a niece. It took a while to get used to having them under my care, certainly a lot of paranoia which I kept mostly to myself, and a whole lot of thinking twice about whether I’m doing—or showing an example of—the right thing for them as they grow into adulthood. But get used I did, which included me adjusting my lifestyle a little bit in order to accommodate two more people within my personal circle.
But when they go home for school breaks, I experience something else.
At first I thought it would finally be freedom, because I could finally get back to my old routine, to what I was used to when I was living alone. And then I realized that the house seemed lonely and missing without the two. Plus, I couldn’t seem to make food for one anymore. What gives?
I can only imagine what other parents and guardians are feeling with a real empty nest syndrome. I wouldn’t presume this is anywhere near how they feel, because even as I miss having the kids around, I also sorely miss the now discontinued deep fried cookies.
So, I made some. You take your oreos, dip them in extra-thick pancake batter, deep fry, and then serve with vanilla ice cream on top. For the gym buddy and health conscious zealot, this must have been scandalous.
Also, this is the one time of the year when I can have anything for dinner. Like, pancakes.