DAY 5: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?
* Once again, I took a #NaBloPoMo prompt and put my spin on it…. enjoy!
The girls were little, and the boy was a baby, this would be the first time the girls would be dropped off at story time together without me staying. I would stroll their baby brother around the library/community center, but I would also go take sneak peeks through the glass window to their “big girl story time”.
When the doors gave way for the children to settle in for story/craft time I kissed my girls as they walked in hand in hand. The doors shut, and then a mother who had dropped off 2 kids, in Vickie Gunvalson-style, woohoo’ed!
Really? The kids were going to be reading and crafting for all of 30 minutes, and she rejoiced as if she had just won free drinks for a year at MacLaren’s.
This type of behavior has echoed throughout motherhood, where different parents would do something or say something as to rush the process of growth or display their annoyance of being near their children. I’m not going to say I don’t have moments where I am done, I’m ready to check out for the day, but what I’m saying is, I’m in NO rush to be child-free.
You will never see me counting down the days until graduation, or celebrating my kids getting a year closer to their 18th birthday, that’s not going to happen. I will never utter this words, “children are the necessary evil to having grandchildren.” Yes, I’ve heard that, and even if it was in jest, it’s not funny. I love my kids, and as much as I’m proud of them for hitting milestones and growing wiser, it’s a bittersweet process. I’m incredibly thankful for this journey, this vacation, this is the time of my life. I wouldn’t give it up for the world!!!
So, while some other parents may love to countdown the days until their child-free parenthood paradise, I’m already sippin’ maragratias here. This is my paradise, my life, with my kids, and the beautiful man I went halfsies with.
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