We’ve been empty nesters for over ten years now, so you would think we’d be used to it, but I still feel a little pang every now and then. The holidays that aren’t ‘ours’ are the main times I notice that things aren’t quite the same as they used to be. Our daughter, Kim, was home last weekend going to NCAA basketball games with us. She was shocked to see that Mr Bear was still outfitted in his Mardi Gras garb, and there was not a sign in the house that would lead one to believe that it was almost Easter. Back in the day, the egg tree(s) would have been out and Mr Bear would be wearing bunny ears and holding a basket full of brightly colored eggs. Instead of being buried under piles of paperwork (will those taxes EVER get done???), the dining room table would have been bedecked with flowers and festive cloths and napkins. Instead of my refrigerator being almost EMPTY (seriously – and that never happens!) it would have been stuffed to the gills with food and I would have been cooking for days.
This year, Kim and Blake are in North Carolina, spending Easter with David and Markee and Elliot, and I am home pouting. Actually, I’m thrilled that the kids are together and that they want to be and make the effort to be, but boy, do I wish I were there, too! I wish I would be watching Duke play ball (and hopefully win!) today and Monday with the kids, and I would love to have been there to babysit for Elliot today while her daycare was closed. Instead, Kim and Blake got to get a little taste of ‘parenthood’ without the ongoing responsibility. And even though she woke me up this morning (how soon they forget that time change…) it was so fun to have Kim and Elliot facetiming me first thing!
The next best thing to being there was getting texted photos through the day, so of course I had to make a quick page of them. Even though I have videos, Blueprints, and taxes that are overdue and getting later with each minute that passes, it was great to watch my chicks from a distance. And of course, I have Mr C to keep me plenty busy here – and I’ll be leaving him for a few days next week (for the first time) as Pixie Kim and I travel to Orlando for the APPO conference. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by booth 6 at the Caribe Royale and tell us hello!
Sure hoping that you and yours are together and enjoying Easter, Passover, or a spring weekend as a family. Make great memories, take a few photos, and show us your family fun!
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