Monday, August 1, 2011


It's 8:14 am. My house is silent. Except for the dishwasher- which the husband loaded this morning.

The children have begun their second week of school. And my house is silent. It's going to take some getting used to.

On the first day of school last week, after I dropped the children off and returned home, I went into my bathroom to get ready for the day. Once I had dried my hair, I walked to the kitchen to eat some breakfast. As I was finishing and heading back to my bathroom, I expected my little son to trail along behind me with an endless barrage of verbage. And he didn't. And I wondered, "where is that little son of mine? He is being so quiet." And then I remembered.

I don't think I like that my children are all in school. I spent 9 years waiting for the day all of them would be in school, and now that this day has arrived, I realize that I am closing the book on a story that I wish would go on forever. And I hate to see a good story come to an end.

We had a magical summer! It was full of trips, and exploring, and ice cream cones, and lazy days, and crafts, and swimming, and movies, and play, and dress-ups, and books, and rodeos, and mountains, and games, and friends, and naps, and family, and fun!

And now, I'm starting a new book- the one where my children are growing up and I can't stop it. And it looks like this book has lots of chapters- just like the last one. I think this book is going to take a little time to get into, but I'm confident I'll enjoy it.

For now, I'll set the volume I just finished up on the shelf and feel blessed that I had the chance to experience it.

I'm so glad there are sequels.


Ruth P said...

Awww, I love this post! This is exactly how I feel. My children are growing up too fast. I will cherish my little boy trailing behind me a little more now. :)

Amy said...

Very nice post. My son is 16 and each day I look back and think of something he did or said when he was younger. It is nice to have those memories while making the new ones. Enjoy your alone time.

Michelle said...

Beautifully said. I am continually amazed at how long the days seem but how quickly the weeks and months slip by.

uniquelynat said...

:'( i am teary again. and i feel this way too some days, but i guess homeschooling keeps it at bay a little longer because, for now, my house is never empty.

HanksFam said...

I have to say I'm a little jealous. But I understand, also. I'm sure I'll be there someday. Maybe.

Heidi said...

And you survived! Happy adjusting! Congrats to the little man who is off to begin his own great.

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Time goes by so quickly. Every now and then something will bring back a memory of something they said, and give me a smile and a chuckle.