Sunday, July 20, 2008

Living in the moment

There's still stuff all over the floor, the windows by the front door still have handprints and there's quite a bit of laundry...but it's quiet. I mean really quiet. I can even hear NPR in the kitchen, instead of mexicanjumpingbain's too-loud-for-the-morning voice.

Since the first bain arrived over 10 years ago, I have learned that taking a break from my children is a good thing. Everybody needs one sometimes, and this weekend was my turn.
All four bains went to their grandparents on Friday and I am going to get them this afternoon.

A whole weekend to enjoy being alone. I love the quiet: no doors slamming or fights to settle or meals to cook. But I still miss them - I always do when they go away. I think I can't wait for the time off, and then wonder what I'm going to do while they are gone.

I heard a quote about child raising: "The days are long, but the years are short." I remind myself of it from time to time. Especially when I have a glimpse of my life without all 4 of them here - I know it will be here before I'm ready. So, I will go pick them up with the fresh resolve to enjoy them today. After all, that's the only time I've got....

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