In a tiny stretch of walkway from the family room to the living room, I realized just now as I flung the blanket off my lap from my nap time tradition of coffee and good book, that this is really the last day in my Cincinnati home with my three-year-old and my one-year-old fast asleep in their bedrooms.
Tomorrow, as everything we own gets packed up, we will be on our way to the next chapter. New routines, new traditions, new city, new house, new life.
In two years, we will come back to this old place as new people. A five-year-old, a three-year-old. And who will be napping? Maybe someone new?
Two years. Not so long. But long enough that I feel the ache of nostalgia as I wave goodbye. Because it’s not really the house that is missed, but the life that is lived here right now, at this moment in time, when I am surrounded by the soft cheeks of my two little boys, who are growing, growing, growing, fast, fast, fast.
But it’s just a twinge. And it will pass. Only a moment to think while everyone is quiet. When the noise begins again, there will be no time to be sad about the end, only full throttle concentration on what’s happening and what’s beginning.