One of my favorite bloggers had a bad day yesterday and posted a list of things she won't miss when her brood grows up and moves away and I have to say, I agree with most of it, too. It can be a good thing to vent our frustrations when we've had one of those days and blogs are a great sounding board, filled with sympathetic voices. The challenge is reminding ourselves of what we will miss when our children leave home. When you've had one of those frustrating, provoking, and exhausting days remember these are the things you will miss most. . .
Their sweet little sleeping faces and bodies contorted into crazy, uncomfortable positions
That sweet little sigh they make in their sleep
Their need for you to kiss every little boo-boo and make it all better
Sticky, sweet kisses from dirty little faces
The sound of their laughter
The silly jokes, songs and dances they compose to entertain you
Homemade birthday cards
The expressions and mannerisms that remind you of the love of your life
The creative games they come up with that make you want to play along
Their belief in do-overs
The fierce manner in which they protect and stand up for their siblings, family, and friends
Their black and white understanding of right and wrong
Their innate sense of justice
Their complete innocence
Their simple, unquestioning faith
Funny mispronunciations, misspellings, and misunderstandings
Overheard conversations between brothers and sisters who really do love each other, despite what they want you to believe
The everyday beauty and joy they find in ordinary things
The absolute love, adoration, and devotion they have for a new baby brother or sister. . .
What will you miss most, as your children leave the nest to begin lives of their own?