Thursday, June 19, 2008

I’ve made a discovery. Perhaps you’d be interested in knowing what it is. I have to admit that I was a little surprised by it and unless you are my age it may not mean a lot to you. If that’s the case, just tuck this little nugget of knowledge away for a later time. If you happen to be one of my children, just know that we do indeed love you (beyond measure) and we miss you (oh, so very, very much).

Our son moved out last June – one down

Our foster girls returned to their mother in April – two down

Our daughter is away at camp – three down

Can you say party on the farm?

I am surprised and delighted to admit that Beloved and I are having a fabulous time home alone. No children, no messes, no extra driving, just us. Us and the TV. Us and a bottle of vino. Us and the quiet…and each other!

It’s been like a mini-retreat. The only thing that’s missing is the smell of suntan lotion and I can fix that! I never expected to enjoy having this man all to myself. It’s extraordinary how much fun we’re having. I know I’ve whimpered and whined about my children growing up and leaving home (Why you wanna leave me???? - from My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding). There have been times I’ve lamented my babyless state (trust me, it was a passing flirt with insanity!) and wondered aloud to anyone who would listen as to what I would do with my time sans children.

So, let me tell you, I’m doing a lot and I’m having fun. It helps that I just got hired to write some fitness articles (hurray me!). The house work STAYS done. The dishes are minimal and cooking for two, yeah, that rocks!

The quiet is amazingly quite. I never knew that kind of silence existed. It’s kinda creepy, but in a good way.

So, to my darling children, I love you. I really, really do. But guess what? Momma is going to be A OKAY when you both finally depart for your adult lives. I thought I’d be losing my life when you left, but in reality I’ll be gaining one.


Anonymous said...

All I can say is, "wow". You give me hope. Is that why I haven't heard from you this week? Having too much fun? :)

Love, wen

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Thank you, thank you!!! This is what I'm hoping for in about 19 more years, and I just don't think I could stand it if you said it was awful. Enjoy, and keep us updated.

Kiva said...

Told you :0p You go girl!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congrats on the writing assignment. Imagine, you'll actually have the peace and quiet to get it done. :)


Patti said...

i am a few steps ahead of you and can say "welcome to the club!"

Muthering Heights said...

Good for you! I'm sure it's nice to have some time alone with your husband just to hang out.

The Sweet Family said...

I am now anxious to see how I will handle it in about 6 years! You truly are a great soul and I love reading your posts!

Good Luck on the fitness articles!

Have a great weekend with Beloved.

Family Adventure said...

Love it! I hope Mike and I will have the same sense of freedom and discovery when our time comes.

For now - enjoy ! :)


rmgales said...

I know the feeling. When my daughter left for college, I wondered what I do with my life after 18 years of being a mother. That thought didn't last long. I find plenty to do and sometimes I did absolutely nothing. I loved it.

Barrie said...

Glad to hear you're having so much fun! It bodes well for us...way down the road. :)