Since my return from Florida a week ago Saturday, I have been at my daughter’s home. My three grandchildren started school this week and I had not seen them all summer so they wanted me to stay with them until school started. I have really enjoyed being here with them, but I have to tell you, three kids 9, 11, and 13 can be exhausting. Especially when you are with them 24/7. Now I understand why God gives you children when you are young and foolish. 🙂
They are sweet kids. But, there is no rhyme or reason why they can go from happy and getting along to miserable and fighting in no time at all. It’s mind boggling. I don’t remember my kids doing that. Then I remember that between my first two there are 10 years. So, by the time the next two came along I had a built in nanny. I also worked the whole time my kids were growing up. It was necessary and to be honest, I would have worked anyway. I loved what I did.
I also loved being a mom. I just loved it in small increments. I can remember one time my youngest daughter said to me, “Why can’t you be a regular mother?” She was basing my type of motherhood on her best friend’s mother who was a stay at home mom who could be the homeroom mother at school and go on field trips with them.
I did go through episodes of guilt at times. But to be honest, if I had been home 24/7 I would have been a terrible mom. I needed to work. It kept me sane. It gave me perspective.
My kids get it now. Truth be told, they got it then too. I can remember one time when I was out of work for a longer period of time than my usual vacation, I heard them talking upstairs saying they couldn’t wait until I went back to work. They were not too happy about how I solved their boredom. I could always find a chore for them to do. 🙂
So probably tomorrow I will finally be home. I am looking forward to getting things at home back on track, and to be able to enjoy my blogging again.