Someone told me that time creeps when you’re looking forward and flies by when you’re looking back. I believe that to be true.
Two and a half months ago, DJ left to work at overnight camp for ten weeks. A month ago, Stephanie joined her for a four-week stent. I thought to myself, That’s a really long time. And now, it’s already over. They’re back.
I’m glad all three are under one roof although it won’t be for long. It’s DJ’s senior year so pop ins and outs will become the new norm. Major transitions are staring me down.
But while they’re all here, I’m going to savor the things I enjoy most about my girls:
1) Borrowed clothing
Stephanie: “Where are my jeans dad?”
Me: “I’m really not sure. I have not worn them.”
Stephanie: “Did you see Michelle leave the house today?”
Me: “Yep. I took her to Lilly’s.”
Stephanie: “Was she wearing jeans?”
Me: “I believe she was.”
Stephanie: “Daaaad!!!” Message to the father: I can’t believe you let her leave the house in my clothes. What were you thinking??
2) Eating Out
Me to the crew: “Where would you like to eat tonight?”
Stephanie: “Anything but Mexican.”
DJ: “I ONLY want Mexican.” Seriously?
Michelle: “It really doesn’t matter what I want. You always go where DJ suggests.” Message to the father: Why is she your favorite child?
DJ: “I don’t have anything to wear! It’s ALL dirty.” Message to the father: Dad, do my laundry.
Me: “You’d better wash some clothes.”
DJ: “I can’t. I have to go to dance all morning, followed by a manicure. I have tons of homework, and I’m going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with Maggie tonight.” Message to the father: I am busy. You are not. Why won’t you do my laundry?
Me: “Bless your heart.”
She puts a load in and leaves the house.
Michelle: “Dad, I’m trying to do laundry and DJ’s stuff is in the wash. What should I do?” Message to the father: Come finish DJ’s laundry. She is YOUR irresponsible child, and remember, she is also your favorite.
Me: “I don’t know. I guess you could switch them or you could wait for her to get home?”
By the back door
In my bedroom floor
In the bathroom (why do you take your shoes off in the bathroom?)
Under the couch, coffee table, book bag which is strewn in the middle of the kitchen floor
Beside the printer which is on the desk – perhaps it was in hand on the way to tho put them up, nah
On the back porch
In the car – if you leave home in shoes and then leave them in the car, what is on your feet when you get out of the car?
Message to the father: You should pick up all of our stuff cause we don’t feel like it
5) But the best thing about my girls all being home is times like these:
Message to the father: We do like our family
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