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It’s June 15th. We’re 1/2 way through the month of June – summer has not even “officially” started, but the kids around here have been out of school for a little over a week now.
And, already I’ve heard several moms commenting about how they can’t wait for school to start . . . they can’t wait ’til their kids are back in school . . . they don’t know how they’re going to make it through the summer.
Let me tell you about my day:
- Ashley has gone off to work her full-time job. She’s 21 now – an adult, with adult aspirations and adult responsibilities. It seems like just yesterday I was making the decision to try homeschooling her.
- Gracie is spending the week at a Jazz Camp in Toledo, OH. A week . . . away from home . . . without me. Not just a weekend – a whole WEEK! She’s getting ready to start her junior year of high school. Yet, it feels like just yesterday that I was taking her to her first piano lesson.
- Ian has Day Camp at our church this week. That means he’ll be gone from 9am – 3pm today through Thursday. Then, next week, he has basketball camp every day as well. Wasn’t I just rocking him to sleep at night?
It’s quiet at my house today. And, you know what? I don’t like it!
- I do not hear the sound of the keyboard across the room as Ashley types out her latest story.
- There’s no violin music wafting down the stairs as Gracie tackles her latest challenge – a “Phantom of the Opera” medley.
- Ian isn’t singing. Or talking. Or singing.
- There isn’t even any sibling bickering.
Sure, I might complain about these things from time to time (well, never the music!) But, when they aren’t here, I miss them! Terribly.
It’s true what they say – Silence is deafening.
I’m not sure how I’ll handle it when we reach the true empty nest syndrome. One or two days of it in a row are about all I can handle right now.
These moments with our kids are fleeting, Moms. Please don’t wish them away.
Treasure these moments with your kids this summer! And, please don’t let them hear you saying how you can’t wait for school to start again!
I’m not wishing my summer away. In fact, I’m praying that it will slow down, so I have more time with my kids and we can make more memories!