One More

The kids are back in school. Seniors. Their last year of compulsory education has begun, and honestly I don’t know how to feel about it. On a abstract level, I understand that they are nine months away from graduation, a year from 18, from having to really decide in what direction they want to go. As for actually knowing what that will look like, or how it will impact me, I’m clueless. I can only hope I’ve given them enough information, skills and direction to make the best decisions they can.

This transition from summer to the school year feels the same as every other. One day the boys are here, all the time, no real responsibilities, sleeping in, hanging out with friends. The next morning the house takes on a strange stillness. This year, the puppy is taking up some of the slack, and all of my free time, but I’ve still noticed an altered energy. Something is clearly missing, again.

I can’t help but think of myself at their age, my last year of high school in front of me. It seems forever ago and almost like it just happened. I can clearly remember many things that I did, wanted to do, experienced. My kids are different. School is different. They will have a completely different experience than mine, which is just as it should be.

But just like mine, the school year will pass, it will be over before they know it.

If I’m being honest (and I try to be), I’m looking forward to the time when it is just Sheryl and me, alone again. I know how amazing it is to have the empty nest, and while I will always welcome my kids home, I’m excited for the places Sheryl and I will go, as well as the quiet nights when it is just the two of us.

The anticipation is killing me. The possibilities are exciting to ponder.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the lads, the traditional first day of school photos. destry.jpg

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The headless dog photobomb is my favorite.

 

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There are some who call me, Tim?

3 responses to “One More”

  1. jmh says :

    Ah, to be that young and have all those choices opening up before one again. A scary-but-exhilarating time.

    It’s great that you’re looking forward to the empty nest. So many couples pour all their energy into the kids, and then when the kids leave, there’s nothing left.

  2. artistpath says :

    An empty nest quickly fills with possibilities! Good looking lads!

  3. Liesbet says :

    One more year… wow. Two young men – don’t kids grow up fast? – leaving the house to you and Sheryl soon. I’m sure you are looking forward to all the freedom and possibilities – which will be so exciting – but I am also sure that an empty house will be bitter sweet. Cherish those moments together as a family the coming school year!

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