Monday, April 12, 2010

Swap Meet

I am always amazed at how resourceful my kids are. When they were little and we would Spring house clean, Jeff and I would always laugh as soon as one would put something in the give-away-box in the hallway, someone else would come and ask or just claim it. I felt like we never really a whole lot of de-cluttering done, it just seem to transfer from one room to the other. New owner of course, but still in the same house.

As the kids got older and started leaving home, one kid would be trying to claim the leaving child's room, before they had even left. Another trend seemed to be happening again last night. When Brad and Krystal were going through their stuff and packing up, there was Lauren and Lee claiming whatever they didn't want. It sounded like a big swap meet in there. I would laugh when I occasionally heard Brad say "hey, not that...I still want that?" Or to hear Lee say "All I came away with was 2 mechanical pencils with no erasers"  I guess you could compare it to vultures coming in for kill, but since they are my kids, I would rather compare it to a big Swap Meet:)

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

So as you guessed it, I cried and cried when I had to say good-bye today to two more kids. I pulled myself together just in time for Physical Therapy and that traded my sadness for soreness and pain, but it worked. Then I came home and just wandered around for awhile, still had that sorta lost feeling. Lauren was out visiting friends and Lee was at school. It is true what they say about a HOME... "The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes." ~ Harold B. Lee  I have known this to be true my whole life, now I just have to find important things to do when my kids are away from home.

"Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments. ~ Channing Pollock 

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes."  ~Harold B. Lee

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