Monday, August 10, 2009

Wistful

I am feeling wistful about summer coming to an end. I know on the calendar we have another 6 or 7 weeks until autumn begins. But two weeks from today I start back to work and my boys go back to school. We have our moments, but I love being home with them. I am so thankful that we have our summers together. I talk to many parents who state that they can't wait for school to start. I even overheard a parent (someone I don't know) telling another person that they couldn't wait to "get their house back." I truly don't understand that type of comment. My house is a home for my family, the family that includes my two boys. I can't imagine my house without them in it. In fact, I shudder at the thought. On those very rare occasions when both my children are elsewhere and I am home alone, my house feels too quiet and empty as if something is missing. My children are the heart of my home. I pray that I will always feel this way.

So tonight I am truly grateful for the weeks we've had together. Weeks to be lazy and silly. To get dirty and wet. To laugh and love and hang out. Because I know that all too soon we'll be so busy that I won't need to hose off sand-encrusted hands and feet before the sun goes down and we head inside for bedtime.






7 comments:

Trisha said...

I totally agree with you. It makes me sick to my stomach the tought of going back to work and only having a few hours with my kids every night.

Spesamor Academy said...

I'm looking forward to school starting, but I homeschool, so it's a whole different story for me. I can understand why you would be sad.

Gigi said...

Your writing is so beautiful. It made me teary eyed. My children are coming to 6 and 4yrs and many days I just look at them and try so hard to keep that particular memory in mind because I know how fast it all goes and I just want it to all slow down. They are so precious, sweet, innocent, and fun!

I too wish the summer was not ending. It has been a fun summer. for us also!

Gypsy said...

What a lovely post .. I think it such a shame when parents dread the holidays and can't just 'be' with their children, or see the home as a family place with all the chaos and love that entails.

Krystal said...

I totally hear you about this! I agree with Gigi - beautiful writing!

Alycia in Va. said...

I start back at school in two weeks and so does my little one (entering K). I so wish there was a rewind button back to the first day of summer vacation. My only joy is that we love the new memories created by the changing seasons....

Sadie said...

I have many friends that make those sorts of comments...I never have understood them. My boys are my life, why would I want to erase/hide their belongings in the house? or be happy about school starting, mad about snow days?

I homeschool too, though....so I don't dread school starting- which it already has....