Parenting is a fun, terrible, wild ride of ups and downs and unexpected turns. My favorite part of watching my kids grow is how they have become their own unique person.
I don’t know what it is about moving into this house, but I feel like I have more moments with my kids… like this morning sitting at the breakfast table (we had a table in the townhouse, but it was in such a cramped area that only one or two people could sit down at one time). It was just me and the boys and we were laughing and joking around. I missed those moments!
I’m constantly amazed at how different each child is, and yet they share so many similar qualities. I’d like to think they each got an artistic flare from me – Jaxon loves to draw and takes amazing pictures; Adelle is attending a school dedicated to the arts, learning to build sets for theater (and really any type of performance); and Andru is my storyteller. It’s amazing that it is all art but all so different at the same time.
I could sit and lament the fact that I was going through my dark times during their childhood so I don’t remember much, but I’m not going to do that. While those moments were difficult and I’m lucky to still be here, those moments also shaped who I am today. And I’m here now, enjoying each moment with my kids, as much as I can.
I posted the other day that I only just realized that my boys can actually do things, like lift heavy boxes and drill a shelf in the garage. I didn’t really appreciate that at all until my surgery. Actually, it happened before that when we were moving. Jaxon was such a huge help and he continues to help make my life just a little bit easier. When Adelle was here a few weeks ago, I called to let them know I was on my way home and she offered to start dinner! It’s weird to think my daughter cooks!
As much as I love that my kids are growing and becoming more and more independent, sometimes I still think of them as children who need me to take care of them. I’m still trying to hold onto those moments where I cook breakfast for them and do their laundry…. that might sound strange, but I enjoy doing things for them and it’s hard to think that they don’t really need me for any of those things anymore.
It’s exciting to watch them grow, but I can’t help but think that soon enough, it will just be me and my partner. Best enjoy their company while I can, right?
Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January are both hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “a word that starts with the letter P”.