Happy Saturday, Loves. As I sit here it feels as if we are on the cusp of summer, next weekend signals Labor Day here in the United States, and even though it's not technically the end of summer, to me it always signifies the start of a new season.
I've had some time to spend with my son this week who goes to school in New York. I don't get to see him much during the year, so it's been nice having him around. I'll have a few days with my daughter this week, who spent her first summer out of the house, while she did an intership in the city. It's very true that when your kids are out of the house you wonder how their childhood went by in the wink of an eye? It literally feels like a lifetime ago, like we were other people. I would give anything just to have one day to go back in time and spend a day, or even an hour, with them as children. I remember when they were small and people would tell me to enjoy them, because their childhood goes by so fast. I can remember not believing this when one kid was having a temper tantrum and the other had gum in their hair.
So, I'm passing it on to anyone who has small children who might be stressing out at the moment, it seriously does go by in the blink of an eye. Don't sweat the small stuff...spilled milk, rooms cluttered with toys...one day your house will be clean and quiet...and you'll miss their pattering of tiny feet and laughter.
For anyone who's children are leaving for college for the first time and may be having empty nest syndrome, I want you to know, this next stage is exciting! It's fun to watch your child bloom into the adult that he or she is meant to become. The relationship dynamics change. They come home all fresh faced with dirty laundry, (that never ends), new interests and friends. Although they are still your child, you notice a shift, they also become a friend. Adult to adult conversation, laughter, banter and interests. Somehow, when they hug you now and tell you they love you it means so much more. It means you did okay, no matter what obstacles you may have faced as a family.