I share the following from my FaceBook page from a few weeks ago:
(Parents with Teens will understand.)
I'm in the bathroom at 4 AM (middle aged people will understand). I hear the following from the kitchen down the hall:
CRACK! CLUNKclunkclunk! clatter! SHshshhhhhh...
The Boy is in the kitchen at 4 AM on a Saturday making himself a cup of Hot Chocolate. One of my Ice Cube Trays is now in three pieces, there are ice cubes scattered across the floor and counter top.
He doesn't like his Hot Chocolate to be too hot, you see...
...and I'm out of Milk...
...and he's never used Ice Cube Trays before...
After a quick demo on "flex gently with a twisting, and NOT a bending motion";
...and then showing him where the Ice *bucket* is in the freezer...
...I said goodnight.
I'm going to miss these moments when he finally moves out on his own.
(And no, I didn't raise my voice...not even a little bit. I live in the downstairs suite of my Sister's house and getting upset over this would 1) have been very bad behavior at 4 AM and 2) would have been VERY un-helpful where The Boy is concerned. He felt bad enough already and he really *didn't* know better...
I share this as I have had a lot of "I'm going to miss these" moments in the past couple of days.
I'm getting older.
My parents are getting older.
My friends, relations, acquaintances, and associates are getting older.
It's quite obvious that I have entered that "stage" of life where people I've been used to having around all my life are going to start leaving this life. I'm talking about Mortality, of course.
Now I'm not going to get all mushy and write any pithy truisms about how life is precious and you need to hang on to those nearest and dearest because you just don't know how long they're going to be around in your life. That stuff is all obvious.
But we don't think about it all the time.
A good old fashioned "home for the Holidays" type Christmas does bring it to mind though; especially if you and yours are scattered some distance from each other and don't get to be in each other's company very often.
I've had a wonderful time here, and I feel blessed and lucky to have this time with my loved ones. That's all I want to say.
Not that this week hasn't been without a few difficulties...but those can wait for the next post.