I have been home with the kids for 10 years now and my baby (the youngest) just went off to school today for the full day as she in 1st grade! The house seems eerily quiet. It’s like you wait for this day to come and then poof! They are gone! Time is tad slower when they are not around. I can actually hear all of my thoughts and all of things I have to do without any disruption. Now I can go to the store without being on a time crunch and I can have lunch by myself. (Yikes! Do I want that now or do I deserve it??)
Does she even miss me while she is at school right now? I can say “No” because I know her too well; she is having the time of her life being with her friends and enjoying a new routine. She is like me and likes to be busy! I mean there is lunch and recess too–who wouldn’t want to go to school! Oh and the daily specials: art, p.e., music, library.
Then I start to think, my oldest will be out of my house in 5 1/2 years! I know everyone says “Where does the time go!?!” and I now I am living it. It’s amazing how pick ups, drop offs, sports and their extra-curricular activities consume so of much of my time. Now I realize that I need to take more pictures of them so I can “freeze” that moment in time. At the same time, I need to let them be more independent (walk to some places by themselves with their friends) and less dependent on me. (make your own lunch!) Being a parent is a tough job!
For now, I will wait for my youngest to come home and tell me about her day! But first she will have to give me a hug!