Last Thursday night my daughter attended her friend's birthday party.
It was held just over the bridge at the boardwalk.
For almost 30 years I have lived on the other side of the bridge from the town MTV has made so famous.
And yet I have scarcely gone there for all the reasons you watch weekly on MTV.
Then, this summer with the children away, the husband and I found ourselves spending every.single.Saturday.night going from bar to bar and consuming more alcohol than two people our age should.
(Until the following morning.Brutal. )
Thursday night, the kids were given bracelets that afforded them all the rides they could stomach until 9:30 pm.
When hubs phoned on his way home from work I suggested he meet us there.
We would grab some pizza and let Ryan indulge herself until her bracelet expired.
At first she wasn't so sure about these rides.
Is it too late to change my mind Mom?
Glow jewelry is mandatory dress code.
Not sure who liked the bumper cars more...Daddy or Ryan?
We skipped this one.
We had so much fun!
I realized how sheltered my children have been from Seaside when Ryan started crying when we told her it was time to leave.
A mixture of adrenalin, exhaustion, and simply not wanting the fun to end.
Hubs kept saying "We only live a few minutes away...you can come back here anytime!"
But she didn't understand this concept because she has never been there.
She was terrified that once we left, she would never be back.
We waved goodbye to Daddy as he headed off to his car then I suggested we play some games at the stands before leaving ourselves.
The tears disappeared immediately and we marched proudly into the house an hour later arms laden with all sorts of stuffed animals.
Although indulging her this way was probably not the best form of parenting, sometimes we need to break all the rules.
And if you think I was the hero then, wait until I tell her that we are going again this afternoon with my childhood best friend and her daughters.