Thursday, August 24, 2006

Emmett's wisdom

Emmett turns six next week. He has been full of pithy little statements lately. Things that make me realize that he is growing up. Fast.

Emmett in the car, while talking about a kid in the neighborhood who has been making fun of my children:

"Mom, I have never been mean in my whole life. Naughty, maybe, but not mean."

Emmett in a tearful rage after his brother beat the pants off him at Yugio:

"I don't play to have fun. I play to WIN...." (Must discuss that one with him!)

Summer is drawing to a close and the kids are BOTH off to school full time this year. After 10 years of full-time stay-at-home parenting, I am facing the prospect of, gasp, solitude. Every day. For years.

Part of me is jumping with joy.

And part of me is going to seriously miss the time I have had with my beloved children. They grow up so darn fast.


Nancy said...

I remember well that bittersweet feeling when the youngest goes off to school. A new phase of life begins. Enjoy!

e-Mom said...

I'm with you. We're nearly empty nesters. Each transition comes with a bittersweetness: the joy of freedom, but the sorrow of letting go. Grieve, but keep moving forward. Our final end is JOY!