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This Is The Part Of The Roller Coaster Where I Go, “Wheeee!”

I have a habit of comparing all different measures of time to a roller coaster.

“Oh my gosh, those two hours were like a roller coaster!”

“I had a roller-coaster kind of day.”

“Last week was really up and down, like a roller coaster.”

The fact is, life is like a roller coaster. I’m glad about that, too: if there were no ups and downs, things would be pretty boring. (Naturally I prefer the ups, but you can’t have them without downs!)

The stress of sending J to college six weeks ago was quite enormous, and as much as I knew that things were going according to plan it was still difficult. Afterwards, I discovered exactly what I expected: that being home with Jim and the dog but no kids is actually fine.

Not even fine. FUN.

Enjoying my life when they’re not around daily anymore doesn’t mean I love my kids any less, of course. They’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

I’ve done some traveling (with three more trips planned in the next eight weeks!), I’ve changed the way I shop for groceries, I’ve started purging extra stuff we have laying around the house, I’m getting cabinets and closets (and our crawl space) organized. Jim and I are doing fun things just about every weekend.

In six short weeks, I’ve adjusted perfectly.

Today, everybody’s home. It’s a little weird but so awesome. J has been playing video games with his best friend, who also came home for the weekend. I picked D up at the train station and after he ran a couple of errands with my car he ate some lunch and is now working on some homework. Jim just returned from a bike ride. I’ve done a little baking. The dishwasher is humming. The washer and dryer are going. Roxie doesn’t know who to look at and her tail keeps wagging. My sister is even coming over so we can have a Fab Five family dinner.

Life is good, and when they go back to school? Still good. I’m counting my blessings all over the place today.

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  • Tracey October 20, 2013, 6:20 pm

    You’re such a pollyanna it hurts my brain. But not really.I’m just hoping I can be like that when mine are all moved out.

    • Melisa Wells October 20, 2013, 6:53 pm

      You will be!

  • Toni October 20, 2013, 6:40 pm

    I am relieved to hear this…:) I have such anxiety about the mere thought. I even had an anxiety attack worthy dream about it the other night. I attribute it all to turning 40 in a few weeks. Oy.

  • Patty October 21, 2013, 9:47 am

    Life as it should be. Glad you are enjoying it all! 🙂

  • Grandma W October 21, 2013, 10:46 am

    I’m so hAppy for you.
    As some people say “life is good”.
    Love Grandma W

  • Momo October 22, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Good for you! You did it and I knew you could!