Monday, September 15, 2014

Alone Again, Naturally...

Our school year schedule is in full swing now, but we are still busy adjusting to the rigors of making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.  This was the first week of CCD, which - as it occurs on Monday nights - has almost pushed our mad logistical abilities over the edge.  Let's see...the girls to the church at 6:45, Brian to Boy Scouts (different church) at 7:30, girls picked up from CCD at 8:00, Boy Scouts done at 9, and oh yes, there is still David to be picked up from our local community college at 9:20.  Lord help us when it happens to be a Bunko night, too.

Still, where there is a will, there's a way, which meant that Larry and I found ourselves, at 7:15 this evening, ALL ALONE IN OUR OWN HOUSE (Brian had walked to Boy Scouts).  I said to him, "When is the last time this happened?"  And he, after a moment's thought, said, "Never."

Never. Never, in almost 24 years.

We both let that sink in for a moment. We could do that, because there was no one around to interrupt us.  Finally, I said, "This feels weird. Are you sure no one else is here?"

I watched as Larry thought again.  "No, no one."

"So!" I said. "This is what it will feel like when we're old, I guess."

Another pause, as we let that sink in, too.

"It's sort of peaceful," Larry said. ""

You know, he was right.  But it still felt weird.


  1. LOL I only have 3 kids so we find ourselves in that situation a lot more now. My friend had her only 2 out of the nest and just took in 3 little boys 7 and under. I think she must not have enjoyed the quiet ;)

  2. For me it's mostly weird when I have the whole house to myself. This summer there was a week where even the dog was gone, and it was bizarre. I realized if I never came home from work no one would know or care.

  3. Enjoy it while you can. Even after they've all grown up and moved out there's a large probability that at least one or two will end up back home for some period of time. And that'll be OK, too. But for now... Ahhhhh..... ;)

  4. So I hope you did something fun...just the two of you...;)

  5. Since I already had two children when Tom and I got married (he adopted them), we have NEVER been without children in our home. And with the age difference between Laura and her older sisters, well ... that's quite a bit of time. It's gonna be weird when she goes to college AND I GO WITH HER. I mean, when she goes to college and Tom and I have the house to ourselves. WEIRD. We get little tests when she goes on school trips or sleepovers. We like it, but it's bittersweet.

  6. My husband and I had a friend staying with us for a few weeks while he started a new job and was househunting. His wife and two boys were still at their old house, and he'd stay with us during the week and go home on weekends. One day he wandered in to the library, where my husband and I were hanging out reading and said, "Wow. It's so *quiet* here. You don't even have the TV on." We looked at each other and then back at our friend, then said, "We don't have cable- there is no TV." He was weirded out.

  7. That will happen to us in a few years, too. I kind of look forward to it.