2013-01-25 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

by Beth Hanning

My two daughters, Marianne and Megan love the post-Sandy mom. Before Sandy I was a lunatic. Crazy about homework, curfews and all things mom related. If the homework had to be printed out and we ran out of ink on a Sunday at 8PM, I would run to any store that was open or e-mail it to a relative and go to their house and print it out. Curfews and were strict and not too many sleepovers. Since Sandy it is a new ball game.

After having a few too many wines one night in my fourth refugee camp, my 14-year-old Megan, who I have decided is a genius, asked me if she could do something preposterous. Now before Sandy this would have been a “NO” and not have even been up for discussion. But while living with my best friend and having a few glasses of wine and feeling bad for my daughter who has not slept in her own bed since the storm, I said, “Sure.” The next day Megan asked me something related to the previous night’s question and I said, “What are you talking about?”

Now let me tell you what I allowed: I let my 14 year old daughter take $400 cash to school, leave school in Bay Ridge and take the subway to Times Square to meet her 19 year old sister, (Hello, can you say white slavery?) and scalp tickets for the Z 100 Jingle Ball Concert. Oh, and it does not end there. I did not even pick them up. I allowed the girls to take the subway back to Manhattan College where my 19 year old attends and Megan stayed the night in the dorms.

One of my friends heard this story and could not believe it. She remembered when Marianne was a junior in high school (Megan is a freshman) and I was a lunatic about her attending a Lady Gaga Concert at Radio City Music Hall. My husband drove the girls there and picked them up and I texted her the entire night.

I hope that once we are back in our home and on a regular routine I will go back to being Pre-Sandy mom. I know the girls will be upset, but I will feel better about my parenting.

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