All y’all posting pics of your kids doing this or that, and I’m over here like…
I was busy, too. I was the Mom Taxi, taking my kids to school, extra curricular classes and sports and basically everywhere. Then, one day, it just stopped. My daughter could drive, my other lost interest in his activities. And I stopped my busy bustling from here to there and back again.
Okay, yes, yes, yes, I LOVED the peace and quiet when it first happened. Oh, joy, I thought, no more scouts on Tuesday nights, or art class 40 minutes away on Wednesdays. I didn’t have to juggle Thursday nights where they needed to be in two different places at the same time, plus I hosted my own small group in my home. With Hubby working in another state at the time, I was the sole parent during the week. Add keeping up with school activities and due dates, I felt like a pinball machine ball, bouncing from one thing to the next. Things used to be CRAZY!
And, now, not so much.
I miss those days, as nuts as they were, as I watch my friends still complaining about how hard it is to get Child A to Point B and Child C to Point D. I remember living in my car.
Now I have freedom to do what I want on a Tuesday night. It’s still amazing to me. Anything. I. Want. Hard to take in sometimes. I’m nearly giddy with the possibilities.
And, I’m a little sad, too, because that was the totality of my life. So, I find myself asking, now what? I’m glad for them, that I’m launching them. But, I’m missing them needing me so much.
These days of older teens are bittersweet.