Saturday, March 23, 2013

Is That What it is Going to Be Like?

Last weekend I got a little taste of what life at home without children will be like.

Glenn and Kari were gone to the state academic competition, but I had to stay here because of work. I arrived home Saturday after Kari's track meet and sat down in a silent house. It didn't take me very long to turn on the television in order to have a little bit of noise to keep me company.

Saturday night was pretty rough. It was the first time in a long time that I have been awake past midnight. I lay in bed listening to the television in order to avoid the silence of a bedroom without the gasping sound of Glenn's c-pap machine.

Sunday morning I got up and decided to spend a little time with "Lady Clairol." I decided to set the kitchen timer as a reminder of when to go rinse the coloring out and I set to cleaning. It is absolutely AMAZING what one can get done in 30 minutes!

The rest of the day I worked on paperwork for school, did a little crocheting, watched a little television, and even squeezed in a teeny, tiny nap.

As I reflect back on my 2 days alone in this house, I can say that it wasn't all bad. I knew that they would be home and with them would come the noise, the dirty clothes, dirty dishes, and LOVE. I guess that is the lesson of the weekend. Yes, the kids will go away to college, but they will come home. Yes, the kids will move out, but they will come back to visit. Yes, I WILL retire someday, but I can keep myself occupied and I can even squeeze in a little bit of that "ME" time, which has been so rare in recent years.

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