Just when you start getting used to quiet, they return. But, unlike an unwanted weird relative, when your children return home from college, at least for us, it’s a good thing. Here are just a few of the things we get to get used to again:
- Almost assured that every time I need to use toilet paper it will be the last few sheets of a roll
- When I go to pour the cereal I’ll get that ever enjoyable dust at the bottom of the Honey Bunches of Oats
- I’ll be relegated to the bedroom to watch a television program on our 1987 19 in. TV (which is getting harder to see) because they’ll be playing Guitar Hero on our main TV
- The air-conditionless vehicles will be mine to use as much as I want
- That last “goodie” I was saving for myself in the refrigerator will no longer be safe
- No more listening to Country Western music in the car when we are driving together (unless I enjoy griping and complaining)
- This popular family statement will be frequently uttered again, “I didn’t do that” or the variation “It wasn’t mine” when we ask who left the clothes on the furniture or the shoes in the entry way
- The phone still won’t be picked up by anyone
- and, everyone will think that it was someone else’s duty to feed the dog, pick up after the dog or have anything to do with the dog (except mom who always gets stuck with dog duty whether it’s 3 or 5 people in the house).
Seriously, it really is a joy to have our family all back together again for the summer. Unfortunately for us (but a good opportunity for her), Erin will only be home a week before she spends the next three months with a ministry that serves a local KOA camp and spreads the gospel while serving the campers in Camp Hatteras, NC. Then, she’ll be home a couple of weeks before school starts back up.
Ah, yes, summer has arrived and our nest is full again, if only for a short time—it’s GREAT!
THOUGHT TO COMMENT ON: Why are you happy your kids are home from school? — or — What will you do this summer that you are looking forward to doing as a family?