Right now my kids are enjoying valuable time with their maternal grandparents and in a few weeks time they will do the same with their paternal grandparents. Valuable time for all concerned and a chance for them to build on their relationships with what I view as very important people in your life your grandparents. Sadly both my grandmothers died very young and I only have distant memories of them but my grandfathers particularly my maternal one was a huge part of my childhood and one of the most important people in my life.
So I know it is important and there is a part of me that really looks forward to the fact that it allows me to get some valuable work time over the summer holidays a chance to catch up with all the jobs in the house I never get round to and to spend time with my husband just us two (and the dog).
There is a bliss at the start of being Home Alone when no body either waits directly outside the door when you go to the toilet or worse barges right on in. There is no constant call of “Mum where is, what is, how, why and who.” As you are assumed as mum you are the fountain of all knowledge and I mean all knowledge to anything missing in the house to football and all sort of amazing things that go through a child’s mind and they think you will know the answer to. The house stays and remains tidy. We have too many glasses in the cupboard as they no longer are playing hide and seek in the kids’ rooms. Towels don’t go down at a rapid state of plenty to nought and the washing pile does not as dramatically increase necessitating non stop washing. And the house is quiet. Quiet, quiet, quiet.
And that is what gets to me first. The constant quiet of a house without kids in a house which is meant for kids. So I am keeping myself busy over the next couple of days so I don’t notice the quiet too much. But I know by Saturday it will be getting to me and by Sunday I will be counting the hours till the big reunion. As the best thing about the kids going away is getting them back! Noise and normal service resumes. MUM!