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I have no earthly idea what free black and white summer printables has to do with any of the below. Except that it's summer, which has apparently stirred up a lot of emotions in me and I really wanted to share with other mommas. (Scroll down to get your 5 free black and white summer printables!)
What's that they say about 18 summers?
This summer is a wee bit different for us. We have only teenagers now. And that changes everything.
I remember when those 18 summers stretched out before us like they would never end. Days filled with sidewalk-chalk-drawing, jump-rope-skipping, bubble-blowing and oh-so-many blanket picnics. Summers in which I had no idea how I'd keep three kids busy for days on end, with no car to go anywhere, without loosing my ever-loving mind. Days of sticky fingers, dripping popsicles and “Mom, I'm sooooooo bored“. Summers that felt like they'd never end.
And suddenly, it's all different.
Our smart oldest just turned 18 and is finishing some courses and then taking a break…before taking some more courses and sorting out what to do for college/university. Our lovely middle is away all summer. Yeah. That's a tough one. Her relationship and mine was hard won. We butted heads for literally seven or eight years. I do not take our relationship lightly. And she's going to be gone all summer…with zero internet or texting. And, and, the beautiful baby just graduated grade 8 and is going on her first real interview for a summer job tomorrow.
Honestly, I'm not quite sure how to even process how I'm feeling right now.
I've cried so many tears this week. And yet I'm SO proud of those kids of Dean's and mine. They are turning into the most amazing human beings who I genuinely like being around.
It's a bit of a cruel joke, really. When they're small, we moms love our kids to be sure, but we long for a break. Some small semblance of quiet and sanity in the never ending day-to-day of diapers and feeding and messes. And then when we start to really enjoy their company, without being blinded by sheer sleepless exhaustion, they begin to spend more and more time away from us.
It's the weirdest thing.
So, Now What?
Well, after I wipe away the tears (yet again), I'm going to try to make the most of it all. We will drive two hours one way up to camp on our daughter's day off, just to visit. I will enjoy floating in the pool with our other daughter when she's home. And we'll try to play more games and just spend time with our son before he moves away. Which I'm realizing is coming a lot faster than we think.
And, dear mommas, if you have little ones still…
It is hard. I know. Me telling you that it goes fast doesn't help you at all.
If you're one of my young local momma friends, please feel free to reach out if you need a rest. Babies are my favorite and I can cuddle them. All. Day. Long. If you aren't nearby, please, please, please find someone who can come along side you, encourage you, help you and give you a break. You need it, in order to be present for those precious babies.
If you are a momma with bigger kids or grown adult children…
Please remember how darn hard it was when your kids were little. Look around for younger mommas you can help and encourage. I was desperate for that help when our three were little, but too afraid to ask. Our generation has grown up without a village to help us raise our kids and just to do life with. We need to be that village for those younger than us.
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