I have five children. They’re mostly grown and gone now, living within a couple hours of home. I am so SO thankful that they’ve established themselves close to me, at least for now.
Each has their unique personality. Each makes me CRaZzzzzy and each makes me slap-my-knee laugh out loud. I love this! Same mom, same dad, but each of these souls emerged into the Now with varying personalities and perspectives, even physical manifestations. It’s a freakin’ variety show in my family!
This text here is from my third son, Alex. He is very quiet, but his humor runs wild n deep. He gives the world’s best hugs ever ever ever. His smile lights up his face, the room, and my heart.
Upon leaving for his studio apartment this past weekend, he said, “so Mom, when do you want me back?” (Don’t leave! Child, you’re my heart walking around outside of my body and I adore you! Stay!!!) “How about Mother’s Day weekend, Big Al?” I replied nearly breathlessly, tears already forming.
How about you? Have you raised any children who have now left home and are occasional visitors? It’s a new stage in the development of relationship with them, huh? It’s all good! But, still. I miss those crazy busy days, kids’ activities, wild dinners, sleepless nights, all that laundry.
Well now I’m lying. I don’t actually miss the laundry.