Three months ago I posted this blog: Three Weeks Later
It was the story of a couple that had become empty nesters and how they were handling life. All in all it was quite a change.
Here we are three months later and things are decidedly different. Sure, we spent Friday nights at the football field, both home and away, watching our boys team. It was surreal because we didn't have a vested interest in the players. Saturday's we traveled to our boys' college and away sites, to watch our youngest and his new team play. We've adjusted to dinners being small and intimate, and I've learned to cook for two instead of four (I'm not happy about that!). We have shared time with our oldest's schedule, when he hadn't been home for months. I'm thankful for those few fleeting minutes in a restaurant after a Saturday game. Laundry goes fast, dishes can be done in five minutes, and we never seem to run out of anything in the fridge or toilet paper in the bathroom.
The last two weekends have been something special. The first weekend my husband and boys were at their annual bonding session at deer camp. He was lucky enough to have both boys for nearly three days straight. This weekend, we had both for Thanksgiving, albeit not at home, and then had our youngest with us at our cottage nearly four days. Both are nestled back at school in their dorm rooms, and soon enough they will be home for Christmas.
We will never take for granted the amount of time we get to spend with our children, because before we know it, they will both be on their own, and sadly probably not five minutes from home. I never realized how much I cherish those nights when I get a "love you momma" text, or they say goodnight without getting prompted with a text from me.
Leading into Christmas, I'm looking forward to our annual trip to the cottage to snowmobile (fingers crossed Mother Nature cooperates). We've been doing it for about eight years. If the weather doesn't go as planned, our getaway might change, and we'll spend time doing something else. All I know is I'll have my boys with me...and that is present enough for me.