Monday, January 15, 2024

dreams and hopes

Another day of sunshine! 

At breakfast, I asked Nu what they were going to do for Dr. Martin Luther King Day. They didn't even hesitate: "I'm going to eat my breakfast, then I'm going back to sleep, and I'll probably have a dream."

It was so irreverent, but it came so pat, I had to laugh. When the kids were younger, I'd take them out to some service project or other on MLK Day--but I'm happy for them to make their own choices now. 

Of all people, my mom--universally known by every person who knows her as overprotective--was reminding me the other day that Nu might soon be at college, so I was going to have to let them make their own way. (Where was all this permissiveness when I was growing up?! She's absolutely right though.)

Pic: Max and Huck mistrust the robot vacuum. "Rambo" comes out so rarely. My back still hurts, so I've been outsourcing work (and reducing my standards).


Nicole said...

Ha! That made me laugh.
Ah yes, the kids, they grow up. We are going away for a week next week, and J is staying home with Rex. This is the longest he will be by himself, and let me tell you, he is EXCITED.

NGS said...

I also like to sleep in on MLK Day. I also read Letter from Birmingham Jail every year. It's a nice reminder of how far we've come and how far we've yet to go.

Nance said...

I'm a much better mother now than I was when my sons were little. What's that old Pennsylvania Dutch adage? "We are too soon old and too late smart."

Of course, it's always easy to mother with all that experience behind you--those hard-won days (and nights) of babyhood and toddler time. Sigh.

I keep threatening to bring the leaf blower in if the cat hair isn't under control soon.LOL

Sarah said...

It’s so hard to let them do their own thing though. But this advice is great, of course.

Gillian said...

Cute photo.

maya said...

Nicole--that Nu! I can feel J's excitement, I would have been delighted at that age too.

Engie--I should get Nu to read that!

Nance--I too was thinking that I've really grown into parenting... the challenges of parenting nearly grown kids aren't easier though--just different? A leaf blower! Ha!

Sarah--It sounds great in theory, but is proving quite difficult to do!


StephLove said...

That is funny.

We used to do MLK day service projects, too, mostly creek cleanups, but occasionally other things. I want to get back into the habit when we're empty nesters.

on a break (Winter Break)

It was so rude of Big A to cheerily text me "one more year" on New Year's day and then explain that in 2025 Nu would be off to...