We were getting ready for school yesterday and, honestly, it was like herding turtles. We haven't been back in school long enough yet to have our routine running like a well-oiled machine. Children's spirits were dragging, and frustration was thick in the air as they stuffed their backpacks and fought with their shoelaces.
One child was lagging behind the others, and as she rushed through the door to join her sisters I could hear her mumble under her breath, "I don't know why I have to go to school when I'm never leaving home anyway."
I'll admit that the door was closed and my husband was already driving towards the school by the time the magnitude of that statement finally hit me.
Should I laugh?
You think you're never leaving home? I'm already planning my retirement and it does NOT include the four of you kids hanging around my house and raiding the refrigerator while I do endless loads of laundry.Should I cry?
I can still remember sleeping on the couch when my eldest child was a wee infant. I would prop myself up on the pillows so that I could sleep comfortably with her nestled on my chest, and it seems like only yesterday. Tomorrow will surely come too soon.
I guess I'll laugh at the moment, treasure the present, and hope for the future. I just can't decide whether or not I'm hoping that that they'll live with me forever.