Life is a bit weird at the moment, with one offspring halfway out of the house, taking time out staying at her grandparents while volunteer-working; one in highschool and one in homeschool.
I come home knackered on a Thursday night, to find them home (brought by Daddy), and then he evaporates and we get to play games. Uno, Cheat, Poker (with matchsticks), “Settlers of Catan” and Chess. Sometimes Scrabble (but with our bilingual Scrabble board it’s a bit of a challenge). Thursday nights are games nights.
It’s good that we do this; I live in dread of the time they will grow up and leave (like oldest is already doing). On those lonely nights I’ll need something I can look back on and tell myself, “we had a lot of fun; it’s true, I didn’t just spend all my time online or writing”. Because we do have a lot of fun – but it’s usually over lunch, or in the car on the way somewhere, or between two things we need to do. And I see far too little of all of them together these days, though at least I get to homeschool my youngest, so I see a lot of her. But afternoons, evenings, I’m out working. And mornings my son is in school.
I just wish I lived in such a mansion that they’d never want to leave, simply for the comfort of it. 😦 There are so few years of childhood left now…