The other day at the town beach I watched a woman with three kids, one of them a two-year-old, attempting to unload all the kid crap from her car.
She had her hands full.
She had a stroller and more than one beach bag and an umbrella and sand toys and a whole assload of other kid crap.
And the three kids.
She was sweating profusely before she even took two steps away from her car.
I watched this mom struggle to just get across the parking lot.
I have been struggling, too.
Struggling with our youngest going to kindergarten.
Struggling with my baby not being a baby anymore.
Struggling with knowing that the baby-making phase of my life is over.
Because I’ve come to a realization.
I’m ready for my kids to be able to navigate the playground without a spotter.
I’m ready to be able to read more than one paragraph of a book before I’m either interrupted by a child or I fall asleep.
I’m ready to be able to sit my ass on a beach chair for more than forty-five consecutive seconds.
I’m ready for my kids to be the age where the thought of seeing me taking a shower completely repulses them.
I’m ready for my kids to be able to cross the road or run into the grocery store by themselves.
I’m ready for kids to know how to use major appliances without killing, burning, or maiming themselves.
I’m ready for kids who can occupy themselves when they wake up on a Saturday morning rather than barging into my room at the crack of dawn.
I’m ready to be able to relax when my kids are within ten feet of a body of water.
I’m ready for kids who can tie their own shoes and buckle their own seat belts.
I’m ready to take all those protective plastic things out of the electrical outlets, and I’m ready to have cabinet doors I can open freely.
I’m ready for kids who can brush their teeth and wipe their butts by themselves, no matter how nasty a poop they take.
I’m ready for kids who are self-sufficient and independent.
I’m ready to not only accept the fact that my kids are growing up, but to embrace it.
And I’m ready for things to be a little bit more about me.
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