Earlier this month, my two daughters, husband, and I embarked on our annual summer vacation.
Our over-stuffed suitcases always get the first laugh of the trip – I can pinpoint the exact moment before we are even out the door when my husband asks, “Just how many shoes and pairs of sneakers did you pack?”
No matter where we are, near or far, this is time reserved for just us four to be together – shed our everyday roles of CEO, lawyer, high school student, and revel in pure fun. Our biggest decision is which pool chair, what's for dinner, and what to wear!
This year's vacation was a bit bittersweet – taking place just weeks before our eldest daughter leaves for college. While anticipation of the big day punctuated the trip, it made us all play and laugh even harder. As we posed for selfies on the beach and my daughters revved up the Siegel social media machine, analyzing every Facebook and Instagram post and the speed with which their likes added up -- what do they say about the apple and the tree? -- I couldn't help but think that these are truly the MOM-ents that matter.
In the last several months, there has been much debate and conversation about the career decisions we moms make. I have been reflecting quite a bit on this as I watch my 18-year-old daughter embark on the next phase of her life. I couldn't help but ask myself if I have done as good a job as I could and if the time I spent away from her during those formative years has hindered or helped her? Would she be different had I been home more? One will never know.
All any of us can do is our best, and make what we believe are the right decisions for our families and for ourselves. So for 14 sun-filled days, I shed my CEO hat and, yes, my Zeno “fearless” bracelet. This was family time. “Mommy time.” My favorite title of all.
One can only hope that we have nourished our children with the traditions and values that will serve them well through the rainbows and the raindrops. In a few days I will hug Matty tightly at the door of her University of Delaware dorm and release her into the world. I am certain she will take flight and find her way.
She will fly fearless. Just look at the bracelet she wears every day.
Barby Siegel is CEO of Zeno Group.