Its Saturday. Yay! I love Saturday! I slept in til about 930. And only got up because H-Man said Miss M was strangling him. All was well. No one died, and no blood was shed. It occured to me, that a 10 year old and 6 year old, don't get on. Well, that's not entirely true ~ they do get on... but it's the petty arguing that is driving me insane. I hope it passes soon (the arguing. I'm sure the insanity will only get worse!)
But as I strolled around in my PJs til noon; I contemplated life as we know it. Sleep ins on the weekends and school holidays. Freedom while the kids are at school. Shopping alone. Kids that can go to the toilet on their own, swim on their own, feed themselves... It occured to me (yes, I must be having a very enlightened day!) that soon, life will be changed forever! Of course, I knew it would - but it was all very real this morning, as Miss M was quietly watching TV in one room, and H-Man was playing games in another room... it was so quiet. I stood in my kitchen making a cup of tea, imagining a toddler:
Clinging to my leg, whining "up". Tripping on toys spread throughout the house. Mountains of washing from messy feed time, or worse - blow out nappies! Screaming because someone is using a toy. Sticky spots all over the floor from dropped/spilt drinks. Having eyes in the back of my head, watching what will be snatched off the table next! Two school-aged children screaming because a little person has just broken their prized craft from School.
Don't get me wrong! I'm not whining about it - I've already done it twice... it was just "real", for some reason, this morning. One day, this year... all will change. There will be heart melting smiles, first words, first steps, and hilarious baby antics.
There is nothing more precious, than being given the gift of being a parent and watching your children learn and grow. I hope I remember that, when I'm having a bad day!!! Children are a gift.