I read The Frat Pack + Me's post about her son getting his driver's license, and it got me thinking about our kids' independence. After I spent 22 years making sure that the boys were at their extra-curricular activities, umpteen drives to and from sport and band practices, coordinating all of the practices and making sure we all ate supper together (well, most of the time!), the day came when it all changed. Once YS got his license and started driving the whole mile to school, my world changed.
No one needed to be picked up or taken anywhere. All I had to do was have dinner ready when CH and YS were home. I began to have my afternoons free. I remember walking into the house one afternoon and just standing there. And I wondered, "What do you do when you come home and nobody needs you anymore?" In just another year, YS will be at college. Not only will nobody need me after school, but nobody will be expected for dinner (except for CH). I won't be expected to go to high school football games to work concessions or booster meetings. I'm going to have a whole lot of time on my hands.
So far this year, I'm spending a little more time at school in the afternoons. There's no need to rush home. I'm trying to get into the habit of going straight to work out before I go home. It seems to be working so far.
Guess I'd better work on finding some friends (even though I have sisters!) so I'll have something to do!