The years teach much which the days never know. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It doesn’t seem like very long ago that all my children were still in diapers and waking up during the night. There were numerous times I contemplated jumping on a plane to another country, but my mom always told me that it would get easier. She said that before I knew it, all my kids would be in school and I would have a quiet house to myself during the day. At the time, I wasn’t convinced. What I was convinced of was that I wouldn’t survive long enough to see all three of my crazy children go to school.
Well, yesterday I registered all the kids for school, and on the 25th of this month, I will experience what my mom promised me would come – quiet. Of course, knowing myself, I will miss them terribly and will be counting down the minutes until they arrive from school and start fighting, at which point I will look forward to the next morning when I can send them all to school again, just to miss them while they are gone, and the cycle will repeat itself all over again.
Staying home with the kids has been the biggest challenge of my life. But Mom was right after all – I would survive. And while I am not ready to say that I would rewind time to start it all over again, I can say that I am glad I was lucky enough to be able to do it.
Now… how many days until school starts??