For the first time in... well, ever, actually... both of our kids are leaving the house this week. Liv will be spending three days with thousands of other Youth at a church camp for kids 14-18 years old. And Ike will be going to Scout Camp for the entire week.
When Rick and I first realized that we’d be empty-nesters for half the week, we were elated! Never in our lives together have the kids left us for more than six or seven hours at a time. Sure, Rick and I have left them on one or two occasions, but we’ve never had our very own house and our very own food to ourselves!! OH! The plans we’ve made! OH! The delicacies we’ve planned to devour! We’ve envisioned ourselves in white sweater vests lounging atop a sun-drenched yacht as we read and study and refurb furniture. Surely, this time without the kids to yell at and nag will be a PAR-TAY!!!
Fast forward to today. We are so depressed that the kids both leave in the morning, and we’ll have to somehow make it through these dark days without them. OH! The heartache! OH! The pain! Who will clean the house while they’re away? How sad it will be not to hear the strumming of Liv’s ukulele or of Ike’s guitar as they pick out songs and practice singing. Surely, this time without them will be bitterly endured.
This last Friday we went to our congregation’s summer party. Both kids performed for the talent portion. They each played their string instruments and sang. Because there wasn’t a stand, I held the mic for each of them.
That’s how it seems. But I look at them now and I see that somehow the time has passed. I see that they are older and more independent. They’re tall! But I know—I KNOW—that this was only yesterday. This was only yesterday.
And tomorrow they will be as old as I am. They will have kids of their own. They will feel their own parental pride. And they will look at their children and wonder where the time has gone.
Oh, kids. Don’t go. Please don’t leave us. STAY HOME and let us hear your ukulele and your guitar just a while longer.
I need as many todays as I can get.