One of my favorite things to do in life is enjoy family activities with my children.
That has become a challenge over the last few years with two going off to college and another stuck at home with mom and dad. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to having only one child at home, but I’m trying to make the most out of it.
My youngest daughter has found it challenging as well in adjusting without big brother and big sister at home to constantly razz her. She has become lost in a maze of emotions and corn.
A few weeks ago we headed off to family weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where my son, Caleb, is in his first year of college. Boy, I think he was relieved when we left and went back home. His 8-year-old sister clung to him and was nearly attached to his hip the entire weekend. There was a little muttering under his breath showing disgust for her affection. Not exactly sure about him, but she misses big brother immensely.
Back at home one night recently, I found my daughter in tears. When I asked her what was wrong, she replied in between sniffles and tears running down her cheeks, “I miss Caleb and Kyrie.” We’re all trying to establish a new norm around the house. Let’s just say it isn’t easy, though.
Recognizing the loneliness my daughter is experiencing with the temporary loss of two siblings, I have tried to be a little more diligent in finding activities for us to do.
Last week we took advantage of MEA break and the beautiful fall weather to head over to Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee. This year’s theme for the maze honored firefighters. As we took a stroll through the maze, we learned facts about the history of firefighters and all they do for our communities.
I tried to use the opportunity to teach my daughter how to use a map and give her a sense of direction. She struggled at times maneuvering through the maze. At one point, I put out a distress call over my cell phone letting relatives know that we were lost in a maze of corn. Boy, those corn stalks were sure tall this year. That may be a little exaggeration, but it is challenging for someone like my daughter to get to the end of the maze.
I relish the opportunities to spend time with my children. I still can’t believe where the time has gone with my older children being out the door and off to college. My advice to parents with younger children is to enjoy every possible minute you can with them because it doesn’t last forever.
My son turns 19 this week and I have no idea where the past 18 years have gone. I know one thing for sure. God has blessed my life in so many ways, most notably allowing me to parent three lovely children.
I haven’t ever regretted the time I’ve spent with my kids, even if it seems silly to them at the time.
I’m in hot pursuit of finding more quality family time. Life doesn’t get any better than that!