Due to a quirk in their schedules and no thanks to the California budget crisis and mandatory furloughs, our daughter’s are coming home together for an extended Thanksgiving vacation. Any minute now they will come bursting through the door. I can just see it, bags and laundry dropped in entry way as dog jumps from one to the other lapping up the love. We’ll have to elbow our way to each with hugs and kisses, taking turns not to attend to one daughter more than the other. It’s been months since they’ve both been home let alone home together. I can’t wait.
I’ve prepared their favorite fall squash ginger soup. There are fresh sheets on their beds and new candles on the nightstands each with it’s own unique scent. I don’t know about boys, but girls love these touches and I wanted them to come home to a warm environment. I guess I want them to want to come home and will put forth the extra effort to entice them. I’m thinking that they don’t really need enticing, but just in case….
The trick now is to not make it so comfortable that they’ll want to stay, although sometimes I’m tempted to do that. Away is where they should be. We knew that going in to this parenting gig, but sometimes it’s still so very difficult to comprehend that they may never live here full time again.
It seems so abrupt. Eighteen comes around and off they go, on to learning life on their own, without our 24/7 guidance. I’ve noticed that since our daughters have left, our guidance is now sought rather than shunned. That’s a nice feeling. But one does wonder how the influence of the diverse group of kids they now live with impacts their development.
I think perhaps it’s better if I just focus on this visit. Focus on our ever- increasing changing relationships, relationships that already feel much deeper, more mature and simply sweet.