Wasn’t New Year’s just yesterday? Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, I guess. It’s feeling like this year is going to fly by again. I think they’re going faster the older I get….
Sometimes I wish there was a way to slow it down. How crazy would it be to have one of those universal remotes, you know, like the one in the movie Click? That’s a throwback, for sure. It came out way back in 2006! I don’t even remember if I particularly liked it, but it was the first thought that popped into my head when I started thinking about slowing down time.
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For a moment I got it confused with Stay Tuned (even older — 1992), where a remote-clutching husband sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the ultimate satellite-TV system. Not quite the same as having a handy time-manipulating universal remote and being able to fast-forward, rewind, and pause your life!
There are definitely moments I find myself wishing I could revisit, but also a lot I never want to have to experience again. Have I mentioned how much I miss when my adult kids were little kids? This is such a weird time in life, I think. Transitionary.
I’m trying to be a trooper about it, but it’s a lot harder than I expected. Maybe that’s because so much of my life always centered around them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy they’re moving into the adulting phase of their own lives and so very proud of each of them. I’m also thankful for all the time I got with them while they were growing up.
I was lucky. We didn’t have much, but somehow we managed to work it out so that I could stay home with them for most of their childhoods. When I worked, I worked mostly from home — which wasn’t quite the same thing back then as it is today. There were a couple of rough years where I worked (at a regular desk job) third shifts during tax season, and a few times I took a part-time job during school hours just because I needed some time away. I’m just so very thankful for all the time I got to spend with them — watching them grow up, teaching them, playing with them, guiding them, learning with them….
But however thankful I am doesn’t make letting go any easier. And we’re only at the stage where they’re just starting to make plans. One’s engaged and planning to move out of state (where their future in-laws live), another has been house-hunting for the past year already, and the third is… well, the youngest is still working on college, but their time will come soon too.
It all really does just go by so. so. fast. 💜