Is it really one of those philosophical metaphysical questions or is it really simple when you don’t try to quantify it too stringently? This week our home has been “invaded” by a horde I call my family. Also known as son, daughter in law and the three things; teen grandson, teen granddaughter and the little almost two year old.
It’s been forever since I’ve had this many people under the roof and over a decade since a baby stayed overnight(s). Things needed to be put away, safety this that and the other installed and toys provided. The teens only needed an electrical socket to plug in their phones and tablets.
There were times when I wanted to hide in a closet from everyone and many times when I longed for quiet but then I would’ve missed out on falling over laughing at the many MANY Nintendo matches and the trash talking between players, seeing DH discuss cars with the guys, watching how much of a bottomless pit a 14 year old boy is when eating, giving each of them a camera to have as their own and showing them just a few basics (I even got the little guy a toy camera) and getting lots of wet kisses from the baby.
I’d forgotten how long teens love to sleep in and just how fast a toddler can sprint up steps if you blink. Taking a teen girl shopping for clothing is maddening as is taking a teen boy shopping for Nike’s; so glad the little guy doesn’t care yet. And to watch my son be an adult with a wife and family just got me in the feels.
They go home today and while it will be great to have my house and routine back in order (my daughter in law asked me what I would do when the house was quiet again – I said giggle!) I find myself wishing they lived closer instead of three states away and for some reason my eyes seem to be a bit watery. Then again… many a grandparent knows the adage about it’s great to see them but greater when you give them back 🙂
That’s love for you…