January 12th, 2004


Leaving on a jet plane

Well, the boys left this evening, and after two weeks of being responsible 24/7 I've gotta say my first feeling was an enormous sense of relief. Call me selfish, but they fill in ALL the gaps, and I like my gaps. I felt a pang when I got home and the house was empty, but the overwhelming feeling of the moment is "Thank God I don't have to do that all the time."
It's great and wonderful like all the books say. It's also draining and damn hard work.

So maybe I'll torture myself with guilt-trips over how I'm glad I'm not a full-time parent, but most likely I'll enjoy my freedom all the more for the short time I spend being one. It's good to be reminded occasionally of the reasons for not having kids.

And now for house-moving and lots of climbing...
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