Happy Day to you, awesome Moxie-Dude readers!
Once upon a long time ago I was a mom to toddlers.
And then I blinked.
Today, those same toddlers are young adults and lovely teenagers. (And by “lovely”, I really mean hormonal.)
There was a time when I thought I would never catch up on anything: bills, laundry, SLEEP.
No sooner was the kitchen clean, it was time to start over with another meal. I even fantasized (once or twice) about what it would be like to have my own place. You know. A haven where the floors would always be clean. The laundry hamper (singular because I’d only need one) would always be empty. And I would always know where everything was because anything that got placed . . . on the kitchen table . . . on a shelf . . . would remain there until I picked it up again.
I even fantasized about escaping the incessant questions and having some “alone-time” in the bathroom.
Yup. I thought about all those things.
Now that my kids are grown and busy with lives of their own on most days, there’s a lot that I miss . . .
1. I miss snuggle time – when the kids and I would watch TV or read together under a blanket on the couch.
2. I miss my son’s child voice and the way he used to say that one day he’d marry me.
3. I miss taking my kids out for Halloween. (And then sneaking through their candy after they went to bed.)
4. I miss sitting on the edge of the bath and watching them make unicorn horns out of their hair with the soapsuds.
5. I miss tucking them in at night.
6. I miss our Friday night ritual: a picnic on the living room floor with milk in our wine glasses as we watched a movie.
7. I miss how I used to have to look down when I reminded my kids to brush their teeth (for the 11th time). Now that my teens are taller than I am, looking up and saying, “did you brush your teeth?” just doesn’t feel the same.
8. I miss all the questions. Especially now that THEY KNOW EVERTYTHING. (I blame puberty.)
What are you already starting to miss as your kids get older?