In one week, our family’s downsized. College Graduate moved to the East Coast and College Boy returned to the university. That leaves the High Schooler and Junior, the middle school boy. “Our fun little family of four” I call the rest of us.
There’s a lot I like about a smaller family. We can go places with minimal cost. We can eat out every once in a while instead of almost-never. There’s less laundry, less arguing, and more quiet spaces in the house.
Today we decided to go hiking. In just a few minutes, we packed a less-than-army-size lunch and were off. A fun and spontaneous family of four.
Family outings for six are a major undertaking. Rarely does everyone agree. There’s usually someone arguing, whining or complaining. Packing a lunch is a major feat and finding something cheap to feed everyone is rare.
Today was quick, easy and fun.
When we got home, High School Boy said, “Thanks for today, Mom,” then left for his girlfriend’s house.
Junior said, “Can I have a friend over? I get tired of being by myself.”
College Grad texted, “I’m homesick.”
And now, I’m in tears.The yucky kind that makes your dog look at you with those “What the heck are you doing?” eyes.
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