And our two cats and our dog.
But for the most part, our nest is empty.
We've gotten quite used to it already. Nothing against our kids of course, we love them to death. But sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. I've noticed a few things that I am kind of getting used to. Things like:
- I own a car that I'd forgotten I owned. It's a 2004 Hyundai and it's kind of nice being able to take it when I want it and not have to schedule it a week out or sign a rental agreement to drive it.
- Along those lines, when I get in this same car, my seat is exactly where I left it. And there are no water bottles left in the cup holders. It's weird, but I like it this way.
- My phone charger has not been stolen, borrowed or forgotten at a friend's house.
- I am sleeping better not worrying what time my kids will come home. Even past 18, as adults, I worried until I heard their door close every night.
- My internet speed doesn't really suck. I have absolutely no issue with it. Of course I'm not multi-player online gaming on my PC while my phone streams Netflix. The complaints are frequent and editorial during the summer months.
- Our weekly trash is about 1/3 of what it used to be.
- If the house is cold, we put on more clothes. There are no complaints between us two.
These things said, there are things I genuinely miss.
- Dinner around the table with my kids was always a time of catch up. How was your day? What's going on in school? What's your week look like?
- Believe it or not, I kind of miss my son jumping out from behind closed doors or when I open the bathroom door. It's a mean thing to do, but we both always get a laugh from it.
- I miss their hugs.
- I really miss their smiles and laughter. Even if it is while they're playing a video game, it is music to me to hear them laugh.
- I miss their calling me out on things. Sometimes my age shows and they are quick to point it out. I know they mean no harm and it kind of keeps me honest.
- I miss their wicked senses of humor.
So, there are upsides and downsides to kids in school. Talk to me mid-summer, but there are moments I miss them greatly and moments I want them to be doing exactly what they are doing.
Living their own lives.
Making their way in the world.
Because they are doing great at all three, and I love that about them.